After more than 5 years of development and testing, the production-spec Zenvo ST1 is set to make its European debut at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show 2014. In recent years, and recently at the Dubai Motor Show, we have seen a host of Zenvo ST1s on display, and the car at Dubai was actually the first production model.
Powered by a turbocharged and supercharged V8, the car produces 1,104 hp and 1430 Nm of torque. That’s more than a Bugatti Veyron! Having both a turbo and supercharger is nothing new, Volkswagen have been using this idea for a while in their TSI models and Lancia used to use it for their Delta S4, but by using this design Zenvo can have both high levels of horsepower and high levels of torque. There’s also the added benefit of increased fuel efficiency, although this will be lower down on Zenvo’s priorities than it is for VW!
Couple the power output with the cars relatively low weight of 1590 kg compared to the Veyron’s 2041 kg bulk, it is one of the fastest cars on the planet! It’s still not a light as the 1,249 kg of the SSC but we’ll forgive it on the basis of it looks. A power to weight ratio of 802 hp per tonne is very impressive and Zenvo claim this could propel the car to 62 mph in 2.6 seconds. There’s a limiter on the top speed to ‘just’ 233 mph (375 km/h).