Of all the staggeringly large numbers that characterise the Zenvo TS1 GT - the power output figure that rounds up to 1200bhp, the 233mph top speed that’s more aeronautic than automotive – it is, in the end, the list price that really grabs you.
By charging £1,200,000 for its new hypercar, Zenvo is slotting itself into a corner of the fast car world where very good simply isn't enough. As it is, the TS1 GT falls a long way short.
Avoiding the Zenvo’s shortcomings
The Zenvo ST1, as it was known back then, first started appearing on magazine covers almost a decade ago. The Danish company has been hanging around on the sidelines for a while now but, having been acquired by a Russian billionaire a couple of years ago, it finally has the heavyweight backing it needs to bring a car to market.
Well, it’s almost ready. Bright as a solar flare, this lime-green car is a pre-production prototype rather than the finished product. It’s in the UK for a short while for late-stage testing, mostly in low-speed driving conditions, and also to drum up some interest in the hunt for deposits. We’ll have to excuse certain shortcomings for the time being, then. What we’re searching for is potential.
Looking at the Zenvo’s mechanicals
It either looks like it’s been lifted straight out of an arcade game or as though Lockheed Martin has had its first crack at a performance car. I can’t decide which. Either way, it’s quite the thing to behold, with its gaping intakes and impossibly low glasshouse, but it's also cohesive and well-rounded. What’s most impressive about the way the car looks is that you couldn’t attribute it to any other supercar manufacturer; it isn’t at all derivative.
There’s a flattened hexagon design theme on the outside that builds to a mad, six-sided frenzy within the cabin. There are hexagons everywhere you look, from the navigation screen surround to the stitching in the seats, as though hexagons spread like a virus if left untreated.
It isn’t unattractive, actually, but Zenvo should have dropped the whole hexagon thing when it got to designing the steering wheel. The milled-from-aluminium switchgear and speaker grilles look the part, meanwhile, and they are at least bespoke to this car, but somehow the cabin just doesn’t feel as exceptional as it should given the asking price. For £1.2 million, I want to be blown away.