Who would have imagined that such a car would come from such a non-car place. Denmark might be a fantastic country to live in, with its low crime rates and very uncorrupt government, but nobody could have dreamed of them making a supercar, let alone a machine with 1104 horsepower.
That power number puts the new Zenvo ST1 in the same ranks as the Bugatti Veyron and the Koenigsegg CCXR. Amazingly, many have still not heard of this brilliant machine. The concept has been around for a decade and it finally got the green light for production in 2005. In those five years, not many news stories have been published around the ST1. Somebody needs to hire a new marketing team.
Creating that massive amount of power is a 7.0-liter supercharged V8 that will put out 103 more horsepower than the Veyron and 1,050 pound-feet of torque. The top speed is limited to 233 miles per hour and it’ll hit 60mph in just three seconds. Only fifteen ST1 examples will be made for the wealthy people that can afford to pay the $1.125 million price tag.
UPDATE 10/20/2010: This article has been updated with the US bound ST1.
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Perhaps the other automakers should take note of how Zenvo works, because they have tested the car for well over a year and we haven’t seen many spy photos at all. In order to make this car drivable for the average person, the company has created a two-stage traction control system. In the first stage, your grandmother could drive it, but switch it over to crazy hyperspace mode and it becomes a bit trickier.
The ST1 will use a steel chassis that will be covered in carbon fiber. The engine is American and it might possibly be an offshoot of the Z06. The supercharger, which will provide the power at lower revs, will work hand in hand with an exhaust driven turbocharger that will work at higher speeds.
The transmission will be a proper six-speed manual with the company’s own twin-plate clutch. Keeping the car level will be gas-hydraulic shock absorbers with double wishbones all around.
On top of all this performance, the ST1 will still get climate control, satellite navigation, keyless entry, power telescoping steering wheel, and leather electrically adjustable racing seats. All this can be yours for, what we think, will be around $1 million.
If the Zenvo ST1 is a hit, it could prove that Denmark does have the power to create one hell of a supercar. Needless to say, there is a lot riding on this new 1104 horsepower head turner.