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Zenvo’s mad 1,177bhp hypercar is now a hybrid
Update pack gives Denmark's hypercar leccy power and more carbon
The car with the wildest wing in the world is back. Yep, Zenvo’s TSR-S has been given a raft of updates to make sure the 1,177bhp Koenigsegg rival is still relevant in the fast-moving (in more ways than one) hypercar space. It’s all buzzwordy stuff, too, including hybrid assistance and carbon fibre. Truly, you can never have enough carbon fibre.
Yes, a hybrid. It’s not some mad Regera-like triumvirate of electric motors and a big battery pack. Zenvo has instead tucked away a tickle of e-assistance in the gearbox, a small drivetrain development that modifies the unique seven-speed sequential gearbox with helical-cut dog gears (those whiney, toothy motorsport gears) to offer two changeable modes: ‘Road’ and ‘Race’. The two options are selected via a switch on the steering wheel, with the road setting using the electrical assistance to smooth out the juddery, noisy harshness of the ‘box.
Should you desire something a little more raw, flick it to race for even quicker shift times. Above that, the hybrid element gives a power boost, further traction control and even the addition of an eighth forward gear with the electric motor now providing reverse drive too.
There’s still plenty of power. Largely thanks to the 1,177bhp twin-supercharged flat-plane V8. The TSR-S is good for 0-62 in 2.8 seconds and 0-124 mph in just 6.8 seconds.
Now, about that carbon fibre. Zenvo is offering up forged fragmented carbon fibre wheels that weigh 15kg less than the previous aluminium set. They’re furiously labour intensive too, taking two trained technicians roughly a month to make one set. Best watch out for those kerbs, then.
These wheels are the latest addition to the long list of carbon fibre componentry that includes: the chassis, body panels, engine bay and even the floor mats. There’s also the option of colour-tinting all the visible carbon bits including the wheels, and – if you have enough wedge – individual sections in differing carbon finishes too.
And yes, the TSR-S still comes with that amazing wing that seems to have a mind of its own; a wing that famously waggles around to alter downforce so you can put more pressure across it to the unloaded inside wheel while cornering, to not only get downforce, but also create an effect like an anti-roll bar. You can read more about how it works here; suffice to say, it’ll also give a cheery waggle while standstill. Never before has so much whimsy been attached to your average track day.
Prices start at €1.45m and Zenvo will only ever build five cars a year.