Famous for pastries of its namesake, building blocks and hypercars? Denmark certainly isn’t first on the list for enthusiasts regarding high-performance machinery. The country is home to a unique landscape consisting of a series of islands located north of Germany and west of Sweden, headquarters for the largest toy company in the world – Lego and the birthplace of the latest hypercar to enter this new tier. The Zenvo TSR-S.
What’s a Zenvo, you ask? The brand is headquartered in Præstø, Denmark, located south of Copenhagen and was founded by Troels Vollertsen. The company shares a unique territory with Koenigsegg, Pagani, and Pininfarina as a bespoke low volume automobile constructor. Each vehicle is produced by hand and CNC machines through a team of skilled craftsmen. In observance of its Nordic heritage, Zenvo’s unique crest features Thor’s hammer. Foreboding to the brute force their bespoke machines can deliver.
The TSR-S is the culmination of the race-bred TSR and grand touring TS1, sitting between them on the brand’s hierarchy. The design is thoroughly Danish, penned by Christian Brandt and is precisely functional in its nature. However, each car is also completely unique, tailored by the client through an online configurator to their individual tastes, from unique shades and upholstery to bespoke switchgear. The bodywork is composed of Carbon Fibre and features a plethora of vents for air management. Beneath the bodywork is a steel and aluminum spaceframe with steel subframes. The grilles and lower diffuser/splitter section are more extensive than those on the TS1. Air scoops in the upper and lower quarters and a large roof scoop feed a snarling beast of a powertrain.
The real party trick is located at the rear in the form of a hydraulically-operated Centripetal spoiler. The unit is fully active, and under braking creates additional drag and acts as an air brake, while in cornering, it distributes downforce that boosts inner tire grip. The lateral angle of attack can change by up to 20 degrees and is designed to pitch into the corner, giving the patented Centripetal wing a significant advantage and unique look over other hypercars.
The heart of the Beast isn’t filled with cream cheese or fruit either. Instead, sitting behind the cockpit is an in-house produced 5.8 litre V8 based on GM’s LSX architecture. This isn’t any run-of-the-mill engine, though; re-engineered to be equipped with dual overhead camshafts, a flat-plane crankshaft, dry-sump lubrication, and a pair of Rotrex centrifugal superchargers plumbed into dual-inlet intake manifolds ensure plenty of oomph for this Nordic animal. Just how much, you ask? 1,177 hp and 885lb/ft of torque are enough to propel the TSR-S from 0-100 (62 mph) in just 2.8 seconds while on the way to an electronically-limited top speed of 325km/h (202mph). Power is sent only to the rear wheels through a 7-speed dual-clutch transaxle featuring a straight-cut gearset and a helical limited-slip differential.
The TSR-S though bespoke in nature, shares competition with supercars such as the Huracan Performante, 488 Pista, 911 GT2 RS, and countless others derived from motorsports. With that in mind, Zenvo has developed the chassis and suspension for proven performance. Double-wishbone architecture is used at all four corners with unequal-length control arms, accompanied by struts and coil springs. Braking is handled by carbon ceramic discs (395mm front, 380mm rear) with six-piston lightweight aluminum calipers. Forged Carbon was selected for its lightweight and high strength as the material for the optional center-lock wheels (20-inch front, 21-inch rear), which are wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires to provide maximum grip.
Zenvo and its currently produced TSR-S stand as Denmark’s only native automaker, with the potential of homologation for this and future models for the Canadian market through the newly appointed Weissach Group as the sole retailer. We’re excited to see more than just pastries from the Nordic country.