A road-legal TSR with extreme aerodynamics

Already nine years old as of 2018, the Zenvo ST1 has already made a name for itself as a potent supercar with extreme design and performance. Designed and built in Denmark, the ST1 remained in production until 2016, when it was replaced by the TS1, which gained certain changes in terms of aerodynamics and drivetrain. The TS1 was followed by the race-spec TSR in 2017. With the latter still new, Zenvo launched a new iteration of its only vehicle to date. It’s called the TSR-S, and it’s the company’s most radical car for street use.

Positioned between the TS1 GT road car and the race-only TSR, the TSR-S shares the looks of the original ST1. However, it borrows the revised aerodynamics of the TSR, as well as a number of unique features that improve performance on both the road and the track. As usual, the Danish automaker will keep production very limited, with only five examples to be built a year. Yes, this thing is just as exclusive as a Koenigsegg, but does it have the power and speed to go against it? Let’s find out in the review below.

Continue reading to learn more about the Zenvo TSR-S.

Zenvo TSR-S Exterior

- * Extensive aero updates
- * Larger grille
- * Carbon-fiber splitter
- * New headlamps
- * Aggressive side skirts
- * Road-legal side mirror
- * Massive, innovative rear wing
- * Motorsport-inspired diffuser
- * Redesigned taillights
- * Lightweight wheels

Zenvo made extensive modifications to the aerodynamics, and this is more than obvious when you look at the car

The TSR-S is essentially a road-legal version of the TSR, so it shares many features with the race-only car, especially in the design department. However, Zenvo made extensive modifications to the aerodynamics, and this is more than obvious when you look at the car. The first thing that strikes the eye is the new nose and front bumper section. The grille is actually a bit larger than the TSR’s, and now extends all the way down into the splitter. The latter has also been modified, as it no longer extends that much up front, but features more aggressive vents onto the sides. The new design improves front to rear downforce distribution by generating front downforce and directing air to the underbody. The updated front bumper and front wheel outlets stabilize the air around the wheels.

The signature Zenvo headlamps have also been updated. A new cluster adds small LED lamps in the upper corner, while the entire housing is now made from carbon fiber. They also feature Bi-LED technology and drag-reducing air ducts. The big vents in the front hood remain unchanged from the race car, but the center section is made from exposed carbon-fiber. Thin orange stripes add a dash of color to the carbon-sections on the hood and the bumper.

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The first thing that strikes the eye is the new nose and front bumper section

Further changes are visible onto the sides, with new winglets added to the carbon side skirts and larger, road-legal side mirrors. Of course, the TSR-S sports different wheels and road-going tires instead of the TSR’s race-spec rim and rubber configuration.

The rear section is a mix of TSR features and new, extreme aerodynamic bits. Obviously the big news here is the crazy wing. Designed specifically for this model, it’s mounted on unique carbon-fiber posts, while the wing itself sits as high as the roof. On top of that, it has a curved shape that’s not exactly common on either road-legal or race-only cars. Zenvo even found a fancy name for this active multi-axis devices, which is called a "centripetal wing."

Developed through advanced aerodynamic analysis and implementation of advanced airflow management, it helps the car generate more than three times more downforce than the TS1 GT. The wing has two rotational axes enabling it to function both as an air brake and a cornering stabilizer. When the TSR-S corners, the wing rotates relative to the car’s longitudinal axis, generating an inward force together with the conventional downforce, boosting inner tire grip and cornering stability. When in horizontal position, it acts as a conventional rear wing and generates a downforce perpendicular to the car.

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Zenvo designed an innovative wing with two rotational axes

When the wing tilts away from the absolute horizontal position, the downforce stays perpendicular to the plane of the wing, which generates a centripetal force. This reduces the tendency of the rear end to break away and allows the wing to act as an additional rear anti-roll bar. It also provides extra grip to the inner wheel, reducing the chance of a loss of traction at the rear and also increases downforce on the inner wheel. This might just be the most advanced rear wing ever created!

Another big change around back is the LMP1-inspired air scoop on the entire hood. The diffuser is very similar to the TSR, but Zenvo says that the revised shape is optimized to extract air from the underbody and increase stability. Finally, the taillights were reduced to only one cluster unit per side in order to save weight.

Zenvo TSR-S Interior

- * Stripped-out cabin
- * Race-spec steering wheel
- * Exposed carbon-fiber
- * Racing seats and harnesses
- * Alcantara and aluminum trim

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Despite being legal for public roads, this car begs to be taken to the Nurburgring for some amazingly fast laps!

Zenvo interiors are usually minimalistic and driver-focused, but the British firm took things up a notch for the TSR-S, which can be specced as a full-fledged race car. Although you can order many options, the standard package doesn’t include a sound system or speakers, a navigation system, air conditioning, and airbags. Yup, despite being legal for public roads, this car begs to be taken to the Nurburgring for some amazingly fast laps!

The steering wheel is based on the TSR and features race-inspired switches, while the bespoke seats have carbon-fiber shells and are wrapped in Alcantara for proper grip. Race-ready six-point harnesses can be ordered optionally. Unlike the TS1, every surface has been stripped off to expose the carbon-fiber the cockpit is made from. There is some Alcantara here and there, but only only where it’s necessary to eliminate reflections in the windscreen. The instrument cluster also sports new graphics and a horizontal rev-counter inspired by retro race cars from the 1980s.

Another big change from the TS1 GT is that there are no precious metals used for the CNC-machined trim parts. Instead, the TSR-S features black anodized aluminum trim, which underlining the racing ambiance of the cabin. However, if you want a slightly fancier cabin, you can have it finished in other colors too.

Zenvo TSR-S Drivetrain

- * Twin-supercharged 5.9-liter V-8
- * Up to 1,177 horsepower
- * Three operation modes
- * 0 to 62 mph in 2.8 seconds
- * Top speed limited to 202 mph
- * Dual setup gearbox with Road and Race modes
- * Seven-speed paddle-shift
- * Improved active rear differential
- * Advance traction control system

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Unlike its siblings, it features a manually adjustable performance setting with a variable power output

Not surprisingly, the TSR-S draws its juice from the twin-supercharged, 5.9-liter V-8 used in the TS1 and TSR. But unlike its siblings, it features a manually adjustable performance setting with a variable power output. In its lowest setting, called Minimum (not so inspiring, I know), the TSR-S hits the asphalt with 700 horsepower. Needless to say, it’s far from impressive when compared to the TS1’s 1,163-horsepower output, but power jumps to a whopping 1,177 horses when the drivetrain switches to the Maximum setup. This is the most extreme version of the TSR-S and enables the coupe to hit 62 mph in 2.8 seconds, to go with a top speed limited to 202 mph.

There’s also a third mode called IQ. Zenvo didn’t say how much power this configuration uses, but mentioned that IQ is an autonomous setting that "cleverly provides race-car for the road driving characteristics." Specifically, the advanced traction control system continuously assesses the grip of the tires on the road and limits the power accordingly. Where traction allows, the IQ setting will ensure maximum power is delivered to the rear wheels whenever possible. I guess IQ is the perfect setting if you want the car to decide when it’s appropriate to floor it with all 1,177 horsepower at your disposal.

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The gearbox also has a dual setup that can switch between a standard road configuration and a brutal power-shift setting for the track

But the engine isn’t the only drivetrain component that comes with different stages. The gearbox also has a dual setup that can switch between a standard road configuration and a brutal power-shift setting for the track. The gearbox comprises a seven-speed paddle-shift gearbox with helical-cut dog gears and the switch between the two setups is a development that is unique to Zenvo. There aren’t many details available, but the Danish claim that in Road setting, the gear changing is electronic, with sensors adjusting the shifting to remove the harshness often experienced by a dog box for a more relaxing drive. In Race mode, the direct mechanical power-shift become more brutal to deliver one of the fastest-shifting powertrains in existence.

Finally, the drivetrain benefits from an improved active rear differential and an advanced traction control system to make things smooth and fast.

Zenvo TSR-S Prices

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Pricing is obviously a mystery at this point, but this supercar is definitely of the "if you have to ask then you can’t afford it" variety. With the TS1 GT priced well above the $1 million mark, this new supercar could fetch close to $2 million before options. Actually, it could be significantly more than that with only five units built per year. And given the very low output, there’s a big change you’ll never see one on the road.

Zenvo TSR-S Competition

Koenigsegg Agera RS

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Supercars with more than 1,000 horsepower were pretty rare ten years ago, but there are quite a few models you can purchase nowadays. Given you have the money and you qualify as a potential customer (with Ferrari, you have to own other models to be able to buy one), of course. The first model that comes to mind is the Koenigsegg Agera RS, which is the first on my list because it’s also built in Scandinavia. Assembled a bit farther up north in Sweden, the Agera RS is one of the most potent supercars available. However, it won’t be around for long because the Swedish automaker is building the final units as we speak. Powered by a twin-turbo, 5.0-liter V-8 engine, the Agera RS cranks out 1341 horsepower and holds a few world record for acceleration, braking, and top speed. The Swedish supercar is the world’s fastest since November 6, 2017, when it hit an average top speed of 277.9 mph, around ten mph more than the previous record holder, the Bugatti Veyron. The only issue with the Agera RS is that you can’t really buy it anymore with the remaining units already sold out.

Read our full review of the 2015 Koenigsegg Agera RS.

Bugatti Chiron

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Bugatti Chiron 2.3 Seconds

No 1,000+ horsepower supercar comparison is complete without the Bugatti Chiron, the successor to the already iconic Veyron. Introduced in 2016 with a significantly redesigned body and cabin, the Chiron looks like a natural evolution of the Veyron. It’s more aggressive and aerodynamic on the outside, boasts more luxury inside the cabin, while the quad-turbocharged, 8.0-liter W-16 engine cranks out more power. The massive mill is now rated at 1,479 horsepower and 1,180 pound-feet of torque, which travels to all four wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. The Chiron’s performance figures are impressive to say the least. The 0 to 60 mph sprint is achieved in 2.4 seconds, while sprinting to 186 mph takes 13.6 seconds. Top speed is limited to 261 mph for safety reasons, but Bugatti believes that the Chiron will hit around 288 mph. None of the figures above have been tested or verified by an independent authority. Limited to 500 units, the Chiron is priced from nearly $3 million.

Read our full story on the 2018 Bugatti Chiron.

Conclusion

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The supercar niche isn’t as small as it used to be, but it’s still a very small market compared to mainstream classes. But even so, it’s split in even smaller niches. And Zenvo is part of the tiny segment that includes very small automakers that build cars in very limited numbers. While Koenigsegg managed to get out of it with slightly bigger production runs and more than one model, Zenvo still offers one nameplate at a time. The downside here is that the Danish firm isn’t as famous as Bugatti, for instance, but there’s more exclusivity to be had if you don’t care much about the badge. Of course, if this new supercar sets a few world records, Zenvo might climb a few steps of the hypercar market ladder. It has the extreme design, the impressive performance, and the state-of-the-art tech, all it needs is some real action on race tracks like the Nurburgring.

  • Leave it
    • * Tough competition
    • * Very limited production run

References

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Press release

Zenvo Automotive A/S (‘Zenvo’), the Danish high-performance automotive company, has today unveiled its new model at the Geneva International Motor Show. The Zenvo TSR-S is positioned between the company’s TS1 GT car and its racetrack-bred sibling, the TSR, combining phenomenal on-road capabilities with ultimate exclusivity.

The TSR-S is a street legal version of the TSR – hence the ’S’ in the model name. Featuring an innovative and striking new active multi-axis Centripetal Wing and an in-house developed twin supercharged V8 engine, production of the TSR-S is now underway within Zenvo’s limited production of just five cars a year.

Setting the car apart from its rivals, the TSR-S incorporates manually-adjustable performance settings including a variable power output. In addition, the unique dual gearbox set-up can switch between a standard road gearbox configuration and a brutal mechanical direct power-shift race set-up that delivers a genuine race car experience on the track.
The TSR-S has been completely redesigned and reengineered for optimum aerodynamic performance. This, combined with a further improved active rear differential and an advanced traction control system, helps the TSR-S to deliver an unrivalled performance on the road, for a genuinely unique hypercar experience.

Troels Vollertsen, Chief Technical Officer and Founder of the company, explains:
“In developing the TSR-S, the utmost dedication and ambition of our team has driven us to achieve unprecedented levels of aerodynamic engineering capability for a road-going car. By converging the individual performance characteristics of the exceptional TS1 GT hypercar with the savage TSR track car we have created the ultimate Zenvo. The TSR-S is a once-in-a-generation car with cutting-edge technologies that will define new boundaries in automotive engineering, and will rightfully place it in the very highest echelons of the hypercar world.”
Since its formation in 2007, Zenvo has established a reputation for engineering excellence and innovation.Building on this foundation, advanced aerodynamic analysis and implementation of advanced airflow management on the TSR-S helps the car generate more than three times as much downforce as the TS1 GT. Central to this is the dramatic Zenvo Centripetal Wing.

The ground-breaking rear wing has two rotational axes enabling it to function both as an air break and a cornering stabilizer. When the TSR-S corners, the wing rotates relative to the car’s longitudinal axis. This generates an inward force together with the conventional downforce, boosting inner tyre grip and cornering stability.

Vollertsen explains: “The Centripetal Wing is an exceptional development that allows for increased grip and higher cornering speed. Whereas most supercars only achieve optimum downforce in cornering at a certain speed, the multi-rotational function of the wing distributes downforce in an innovative way to deliver the optimum amount of cornering grip at any speed. Whilst lifting to boost downforce, the wing also tilts while cornering – for example, lifting the left side of the wing when cornering left and vice versa, to propel the car to the inside of the corner, ensuring exceptional stability and grip.”

The name ‘Centripetal’ directly refers to the centripetal force also known as ‘center seeking’ force. When in an absolutely horizontal position, a conventional rear wing generates a downforce perpendicular to the horizontal position of the wing: absolute vertical. When the centripetal wing tilts away from the absolute horizontal, the downforce stays perpendicular to the plane of the wing thereby generating a centripetal force. This centripetal force reduces the tendency of the rear end to break away – a trait that is inherent for a mid-engine car. Furthermore, the high pivot point of the wing allows it to act as an additional rear anti-roll bar. This provides additional grip to the inner wheel, reducing the chance of a loss of traction at the rear, and also ensuring increased downforce on the inner wheel. The wing also functions as air brake when fully-rotated in an upright position.

The aerodynamic development of the Zenvo TSR-S was focused on providing unprecedented driving dynamics. The centripetal rear wing is only one contributor to the comprehensive new aerodynamic package. Other unique and innovative new features collaborate to improve stability, cornering and braking.

The new front splitter is designed to improve front to rear downforce distribution by generating front downforce and directing air to the underbody. The front bumper is updated together with the front wheel housing outlets. Together they stabilise the air around the front wheels and direct air to the intercoolers. At the same time the front wheel housing outlets extracts air from the front underbody, improving downforce and decreasing drag.
The rear body of the car features major updates with an LMP1-inspired air scoop, new diffuser and the proprietary active rear wing. The diffuser is optimised to extract air from the underbody and decrease the rear tyre wake for increased stability.Kasper Berthu Damkjær, Senior Fluid Mechanics Specialist and Aerotak ApS founder, participated in the development of the TSR-S aerodynamics. “The wing concept is focused on delivering high downforce while increasing the tyre load on the inboard tyres when cornering,” says Damkjær. “Conventional movable wing and flap designs, focused on inboard tyre load, function by a penalty concept where downforce is increased on the inboard section of the cornering car but not on the outboard section. “The TSR-S wing concept is able to maintain the high downforce and generate a large inwards directed force. When the wing is tilted, downforce is only decreased by 3%, while an inward directed force of 30% of the wing downforce is generated.”

Zenvo has developed a reputation among hypercar enthusiasts around the world for offering clients a truly unique blend of power, performance and prestige. Using extensive lightweight carbon-fibre and other hybrid composite materials as well as unique drivetrain, the quality of Zenvo engineering and the precision quality of production are worthy successors of Denmark’s innovative ancestors.

The TSR-S comes so close to a genuine track car that is still drivable on the public road, combining phenomenal handling capabilities with ultimate exclusivity. The TSR-S has two faces – it can provide drivers with a usable, easy-to-drive hypercar for the road, but also has the potential for drivers to alter the car’s characteristics, with a number of adjustable performance settings that can turn it into a performance-focused racer.

There are three settings – Minimum (700bhp), IQ, and Maximum (1177bhp). IQ is an autonomous setting that cleverly provides ‘race-car for the road’ driving characteristics. The advanced traction control system continuously assesses the grip of the tyres on the road and limits the power accordingly. Where traction allows, the IQ setting will ensure maximum power is delivered to the rear wheels whenever possible.

For the driver, it is the experience provided by the two distinct gearbox settings that most makes this car feel like a genuine race car. The gearbox comprises a 7-speed paddle shift gearbox with helical-cut dog gears. The set-up can switch between standard road gearbox directly to a race gearbox operation – a development that is unique to Zenvo.

In Race setting, the brutal direct mechanical power-shift gearchange is one of the fastest-shifting powertrains in existence. In Road setting, the gearchange is electronic, with sensors adjusting the gearchange to remove the harshness so often experienced by a dog box, for a more a more relaxing drive in everyday use.
The TSR-S takes the powerful Danish design philosophy of previous Zenvo success stories and complements them in new ways. For instance, the piercing headlights, inspired by a sharp-eyed eagle stalking its prey before diving down to take the prize, are enhanced by a redesigned carbon fibre splitter that adds to the purposeful stance. The aggressively muscular haunches on the side profile also reflect the power of nature, reminiscent of a lion crouched on its haunches, ready to launch into action.The redesigned headlights feature Bi-LED headlamps and daytime running lights, indicators, and a drag-reducing air duct. This configuration is developed to minimise weight and adds considerable visual impact, making the front of the TSR-S look even more aggressive and purposeful than the original TS1 GT.As with the headlight housing, the redesigned rear light frame features a duct venting the rear wheel housing. Rear lights are reduced to only one cluster unit per side in order to save weight – there is even only one licence plate lamp at the rear, highlighting the attention to detail provided by Zenvo’s engineers in their efforts to reduce weight.

Every detail of the minimalistic driver-focused interior of the TSR-S reflects the overall performance-focused philosophy of a track day car. Unnecessary weight has been eliminated from the cockpit: in its ultimate configuration, the car has no sound system or speakers, no satellite navigation, no air conditioning, no airbags, and mechanically operated seats, although clients can specify any level of equipment they desire.

Continuing the high-performance theme, the materials and trim finish are race-inspired. The steering wheel features a switch that has been adopted directly from racing, while the bespoke TSR-S carbon seat shells are clad in lightweight 3D cushioned fabric designed to reduce heat from the driver and race-suit-gripping Alcantara, and can be fitted with six-point racing harnesses.
All surfaces have been stripped back to expose the structural carbon fibre, with parts upholstered in Alcantara only where it is necessary to eliminate reflections in the windscreen. In contrast to the TS1 GT – where Zenvo offers a wide range of precious metals for all CNC-machined trim parts – the TSR-S features a black anodised aluminium trim underlining the racing ambience of the cabin – although customers can choose their own colours here should they wish.The instrument cluster display graphics are completely redesigned for the TSR-S, featuring a horizontal rev-counter inspired by retro racers from the 1980s, and central gear selection indicator. The simplicity in the display reflects the stripped-back nature of the car and emphasises to the driver the most important information they need when driving fast, for example the current gear selection and engine revs.

A total of five cars are allocated annually, which makes it unlikely for owners to ever encounter another Zenvo in the wild. Unique to the exclusive world of hypercar ownership, Zenvo offers its clients a bespoke personalised watermark graphic set beneath the high-gloss finish on the carbon fibre panels, using a meticulous process carried out by master craftsmen. To demonstrate, the TSR-S show car presented in Geneva features a unique graphic that features elements of the Zenvo logo. The smooth graphic starts at the bonnet, continues over the roof and concludes at the rear, including on the Centripetal Wing.

Peter Van Rooy, Zenvo Marketing Director, explains: “Like all of our cars, the Zenvo TSR-S is 100% Danish-designed and hand-built in an extremely limited number. Each car is fully customisable and built to order, tailored according to the precise specifications of the discerning client. As an example, small details may hint at the nationality of the owner, such as a subtle expression of their country’s flag in designated locations in the cockpit, engine bay and the exterior graphic. We call it ‘Patriotic Ownership’, and it is reminiscent of heritage vehicles such as original Minis that carried British flag decals.“

The TSR-S also celebrates the wider wonders of nature, demonstrated in the display model for Geneva in a lustrous ‘Laguna Roja’ paint finish, representing the rich hues of the freshwater ‘Red Lagoon’ in Chile. This stunning colour is highlighted by orange accents symbolising the motorsports theme.

Zenvo’s brand partners include Univar, Michelin, AIRTOX, Liquid Colour Design, Champagne CARBON, Nilfisk, Samsøe and Samsøe, OVERGAARD & DYRMAN and Rebellion Timepieces.

Zenvo’s stand presentation at the Geneva Motor Show is shared with Rebellion Timepieces to highlight their engineering partnership and celebrate the recent victory by the Rebellion racing team in the FIA World Endurance Championship.

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