Lamborghini's bedroom wallposter crown has been taken, by a Dane?
The Zenvo TSR-S is one of the most insane looking vehicles ever made. But does this unknown Danish beast really have what it takes to rule the roost?
This is probably a company many of you will never have heard of, and yet rather confusingly they have made some of the most advanced and hardcore hyper cars the world has ever seen. Zenvo are a Danish company that has the unenviable task of being the only native car manufacturer in the country. The company has existed for quite a long time considering how few people know about them. It was started in 2009 and runs in the same vein as Pagani and Koenigsegg, only somehow, they make even fewer cars. When the Zenvo TSR-S was launched to the press on a track outing at Spa, they were using chassis number 15. They have only made 25 cars in the 12 years that they have existed, honestly, I'm not sure you could even necessarily call this a car manufacturer. It's also increasingly worrying considering how much of it gets made in house, but then again, Koenigsegg has done the same and they seem to be doing quite ok for themselves. The founder, Troels Vollertsen, is hoping they will expand to making 5 of the TSR-S a year, still nothing even compared to the other exotic brands. The TSR-S is an evolution of the company's previous TS1 GT using the same, in house built and engineered, 5.8L twin supercharged V8. Much of the underlying technology comes from the race car/track only version which is why the transmission is a remarkably strange sequential box with racing dog cut gears. In fact, the whole drivetrain is incredibly race car like, which lets face it, is not always the smoothest on road experience. The insane engine produces a faintly scary 1177 brake horsepower and just to make sure that that wasn't scary enough it sends all of its supercharged fury to the rear wheels only.
Rather oddly for a hyper car the performance statistics are not quite as you expect them, at least not on paper. The car weighs under 1500 kg and the power to weight ratio is remarkable. The 0-62 mph time is the modern obligatory 2.8 seconds, but interestingly and possibly more significantly in the modern extreme world, the 0 to 124 mph is 6.8 seconds. This is still crazy, and possibly painfully, fast however the McLaren 720s does the same 0-60 time and is only 0.6 seconds slower to the 124mph mark at 7.4 seconds. I know that in the world of hyper cars every thousands of a second matters, but that is still pretty damning coming from a car that is around a quarter of the price. I'm sure the Zenvo would keep pulling the gap the faster you go but do you really need any more speed than what the McLaren gives you? It truly feels like McLaren have hit a bit of a sweet spot with power, weight and speed. Top speed is limited to 202 mph due to, what is really the main party piece, the incredibly trick and very impressive aero. According to the company they have created a car where the air does all the hard work while letting the driver maintain crazy speeds trusting the dark art that is aerodynamics. Much of the car's aerodynamics has been borrowed from the previously mentioned track only TSR, however unlike the track car the TSR-S does not have a fixed rear wing but a very impressive looking movable rear fixture. The company claims that after extensive research and development they have learnt that by loading up the inside wheel they can generate significantly greater levels of downforce. The system is very much like Lamborghini's ALA (Aerodynamica Lamborghini Attiva) only much more visible and even more extreme. It uses hydraulic rams to push the wing in the same direction that the car is turning, forcing the air to balance the car and generating a smoother, grippier and easier track experience. The wing will adjust up to 15 degrees in either direction when up to a load of 0.5 g is detected. It can generate up to 270 kg of downforce which is rather depressingly limited due to other components. Despite this, Zenvo must be doing something right as it was developed in tandem with the company Aerotak, which is the same company that assisted with the development of the very impressive aero on the Koenigsegg One:1.
Impressive as that all is, let's face it, deep down we all know that the most important thing is that wing movement. It seems that we are all 13-year-old children at heart as the car does have a mode dedicated to moving the wing side to side when parked to show off to your mates. Possibly the greatest selling point of this car, or any other and worth the well over £1.2 million price tag. Look, this is an incredibly crazy car but I simply can't see it being as objectively good as anything made by any other major supercar or hyper car company and I don't really see anything to explain why if you wanted a limited run production car you would buy this over a Pagani, Bugatti or Koenigsegg. Still, you never know how the company will continue or when it will reach full capacity and stride but I don't think it's quite there yet. However, and this is important, anything that looks as crazy is this, has a twin supercharged hand built V8 and is capable of drawing attention away from almost any Lamborghini ever made is an impressive feat in itself. It may not be at the top of the class, but remember the name Zenvo, because soon might be.