Wednesday, January 7, 2009


Zenvo designed the car in-house, and its big gaping front air vents draw the eye over the tight, taught bodywork. Though obvious Lamborghini comparisons are made when speaking of the front end, the ST1 has softer body corners leading along the main body line toward the rear, keeping it original.
When all is said and done, though, the design works very well and befits a supercar with more than 1,100 horsepower. Zenvo will surely win some design awards for the 2010 ST1, should this beautiful beast make its production date of early next year, as promised.

At the Zenvo ST1's heart is mysterious 7.0 liter V8 that is rumored to be based on a GM crate motor. The big-displacement V8 is both turbocharged and supercharged, giving the ST1 a power output of 1,104 bhp and 1,055 ft-lb. of torque. In case you were wondering, that puts the Zenvo ST1 power numbers greater than those of the Bugatti Veyron.

With an electronically limited 233 mph top speed, the ST1 won't be breaking any production land speed records, though. Presumably Zenvo threw the governer into the equation to simplify safety and aerodynamic precautions, as one 200+ mph speeds are reached, stress on tires and body components increases very quickly.

Power puts the oil-cooled 6 speed manual to its extreme tests, and let's hope Zenvo puts adequate R&D into this transmission. A hydraulic limited slip and traction control aid 19 inch front, 20 inch rear wheels with putting all that power to the ground. The ST1 features a relatively sophisticated double wishbone suspension set-up with gas/hydraulic adjustable racing shocks.

Wheelbase3055 mm
Brakes (Front)Ventilated discs: 380 mm, 6 piston light alloy callipers. Power assisted
Brakes (Rear)Ventilated discs: 355 mm, 6 piston light alloy calipers.
Wheels (F)Forged Aluminum 19 in. x 9.5 in.
Wheels (R)Forged Aluminum 20 in. x 12.5 in.
Suspension Double wishbones, 3 way adjustable Racing gas-hydraulic shock absorbers.
LayoutMid-Engine, RWD
TransmissionOil-cooled 6 speed manual
DifferentialHydraulic Limited Slip
Type:Turbocharged and Supercharged V8
Bore X Stroke104.8 x 101.6
Engine & Transmission
Displacement cu in (cc):7.0 liters
Power bhp (kW) at RPM:1104 bhp @ 6900 rpm
Torque lb-ft (Nm) at RPM:1055 lb-ft. @ 4500 rpm
Tires F-R 255/35–19” (Y) / 335/30–20” (Y) (Michelin)
Body Type2 Door, 2 Seat Supercar
Length4665 mm
Width2041 mm
Height1198 mm
Curb Weight1376 kg/ 3034 lb.
Ground Clearance 105mm. (150mm when hydraulic lifted)
Acceleration (0-100 km/h)3.0 seconds
Top Speed375 km/h (233 mph) Electronically Limited
Power-to-Weight Ratio802 bhp/ton

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