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Watch the Zenvo TSR-S’s wing do silly things

Danish supercar takes active aero to new extremes with ‘Centripetal’ wing

Published: 24 May 2018

We first saw the Zenvo TSR-S at this year’s Geneva Motor Show back in March. Like literally every other low-volume hypercar, it had much power (1,177bhp from a twin-supercharged 5.8-litre V8, for 0-62mph in 2.8 secs and 205mph), a shouty carbon-fibre face and a price tag in the millions. But what really caught our attention was its ‘Centripetal Wing’, which you can see in action in the video up top.

The science behind it is…interesting. In Zenvo’s words: “The name ‘Centripetal’ refers to the centripetal force also known as ‘centre seeking’ force. When in an absolutely horizontal position, a conventional rear wing generates a downforce perpendicular to the horizontal position of the wing: absolute vertical.

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“When the centripetal wing tilts away from the absolute horizontal, the downforce stays perpendicular to the plane of the wing thereby generating a centripetal force. This centripetal force reduces the tendency of the rear end to break away - a trait that is inherent for a mid-engine car.”

So what you get is a shape-shifting wing that can flip up like an airbrake, lay flat to reduce drag and – weirdly – tilt in either direction for max downforce. Quite a sight, no? We’ll try and get a go to see if it really works, but in the meantime go read our review of the slightly more sane TS1.

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