New Zenvo ST1 Promoted


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Keeping the supercar alive

When I heard that Denmark, the first country ever to introduce environmental laws upon its people in 1973, was to launch a 100% home-grown super car I almost ate my metal horn-bearing hat. Yet they have and just from looking at the pictures I’m excited about it. Announced last year, this Zenvo ST1 has just been further promoted with videos and hi-res pictures, showing a car that has enough power to take on even the Bugatti Veyron.

The styling is unique but attractive, rather like the product of a dinner date between Skeletor and a Lotus Elise that went very well indeed. Zenvo Automotive are very keen to stress that every aspect of the new car is local. They have tried wherever they can to use Danish engineering and design, which they say has produced a supercar that is ‘purposeful and practical’, while remaining ‘powerful, drivable and user friendly.’

Now, let us stroll through the automotive archives of attempts to blend ‘power’ and the notion of being ‘user-friendly.’ The Bugatti Veyron for instance, one of the world’s most impressive cars both technologically and in terms of pure capability. However, it costs nearly £1m to own, does such a small number of miles to the gallon you could count them on your forearm and ‘opening her up’ will drain a £100 fuel tank in twelve minutes.

The Ferrari Enzo; supreme Italian engineering encased within its 6.0 litre V12 that shrieks out 651 hp from just behind your balding cranium. Here comes the ‘but’, it’s so low to the ground that getting in requires a more than average interest in Karma Sutra, the rear visibility is poorer than the Royal Bank of Scotland and you can only ever do four full throttle starts before its racing clutch explodes in a cloud of red diamonds.

What I am trying to get at, is that supercars are not meant to be user-friendly. They are there to be loved for what they are and that is humankind pursuing the limits of what is possible on four-wheels. Pale, bearded men smelling of Worthers and piss can moan on all they want about electricity, the future and the death of the supercar; this Zenvo ST1 is exactly the boost performance motoring needs.

It comes with a 7.0 litre supercharged and then turbocharged V8 producing 1104 hp and 1430 Nm of torque. The six speed gearbox sends the ST1 from 0-60 mph in under three seconds, but you will have to be quicker than that to get your hands on one because there are only 15 units being made.

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~ by Rory White on November 11, 2009.

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