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Founded in 2007, Denmark’s only car manufacturer, Zenvo, is based in the picturesque town of Præstø where it produces every aspect of its cars from this Danish factory. The first model offered was dubbed the ST1: a turbocharged V8 engine with an aggressive body styled by fellow Dane and distinguished designer Christian Brandt. Unveiled in […] The post Zenvo – The Danish word for hypercar first appeared on My Car...
Founded in 2007, Denmark’s only car manufacturer, Zenvo, is based in the picturesque town of Præstø where it produces every aspect of its cars from this Danish factory.
The first model offered was dubbed the ST1: a turbocharged V8 engine with an aggressive body styled by fellow Dane and distinguished designer Christian Brandt. Unveiled in 2009 to rave reviews, with the ST1 excited the world and the notion of a bespoke Danish hypercar intrigued the automotive world.
Since this first model Zenvo has carried out a huge amount of engineering internally, and by 2015 Zenvo had developed the world’s fastest single clutch gearbox in-house, paired with Zenvo’s own traction control, ESP and launch control. This technology has continued to develop in the time since, as has the capability of the Zenvo team.
The TS1 GT followed the ST1 and was launched at the 2016 Geneva International Motor Show, an evolution that saw a chance to incorporate twin superchargers over the previous turbo and supercharged setup and a dry sump that allowed the engine to be mounted lower for an optimal centre of gravity. This car was also the first car to offer Zenvo’s unique ‘dog engagement’ helical cut 7-speed sequential gearbox (currently undergoing further development for a hybrid module) which has become a defining feature of the Zenvo driving experience. Offering lightning-fast shifts traditionally only found on race cars, but without the associated issues, this is a totally in-house innovation spearheaded by Troels.
Demand began to grow for a more hardcore, track-orientated model, and the Zenvo team started with the TS1 GT to create the TSR. Stripping 250 kilograms of weight, creating new engine management software for revised power delivery and revising the ratios on the in-house helical dog cut gearbox resulted in a fierce, focused track machine which sparked the idea of an innovative new aerodynamic solution.
This Centripetal wing, a patented Zenvo design, expands on the principal of active aerodynamics, seen commonly in supercars, using Zenvo’s own electronics to measure the ideal wing position in every scenario. The wing has two rotational axes that allow it to act as an air brake and a cornering stabiliser, tilting left and right depending on your inputs. This whole system was devised, tested and patented in-house.
All these innovations led to the creation of Zenvo’s flagship offering, the TSR-S, which is effectively a road legal version of the TSR track car. This hypercar was unveiled at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show and is without doubt Zenvo’s most recognisable model, boasting a 1,177 bhp twin-supercharged V8, and a 0-62mph time of 2.8 seconds and a 0-124mph time of 6.8 seconds.
Throughout all of this, production has remained within Præstø, though the factory has expanded greatly to accommodate increased development and production. Within this factory are a number of departments including composite manufacturing (including carbon fibre wheel production), drivetrain engineering (including Zenvo’s own dyno room), electronics, paint and development. Zenvo prides itself on creating genuinely limited edition production hypercars by hand. The current production capacity is five cars per year and each build is completely bespoke to the customer.
The future looks bright for Zenvo Automotive as it continues to forge ahead with its Danish determination, out of the box thinking, innovative design and engineering, as well as its growing and motivated team. While your media colleagues can’t tell you too much about the future plans and models of Zenvo, you can definitely expect some jaw-dropping innovations, specifications, plans as well as bespoke and fully tailored craftsmanship and material selection.
Zenvo Automotive founder Troels Vollertsen is an automotive innovator, devoting his life to rethinking high performance engineering and pushing boundaries.
It’s fair to say that Troels is fueled by passion rather than fame. He’s been modifying cars from the age of ten and despite Denmark’s lack of car companies (Zenvo being the first) and the country’s automotive manufacturing infrastructure, he wasn’t deterred and followed two paths to starting the limited edition hypercar company we know today.
The first path was to take his passion for internal combustion engines and engineering, and start a business offering his expertise to bespoke tuning firms and for private clients chasing horsepower. The second was investing in education. When Troels had finished his studies, including spending his evenings and spare time reading Physics and Mathematics, he started a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Needing to work on the side to fund his university degree, and quickly growing the team to cope with demand, Troels had a decision to make: finish his degree or invest full-time in the future of his business. He took the latter, to step out of his degree (that was 75% completed), which has paid dividends to Troels’ knowledge, growth and leadership abilities.
Zenvo Automotive was born from this combined experience and an unrelenting desire to create his own hypercar. He began working on his first creation, later dubbed the ST1 due to its supercharged and turbocharged powerplant, then seeking out fellow Dane and distinguished designer Christian Brandt to pen the body for his machine.
Troels continues to push innovation and development within Zenvo Automotive, from masterminding the creation of the in-house gearbox technology to the now famous Centripetal rear wing. He has been integral to Zenvo Automotive’s success and pioneering thinking. From growing the team to integrating in-house development and production centres, including a bespoke dyno room and composite manufacturing base, Troels has always been at the heart of pushing the boundaries for the current crop of Zenvo Automotive hypercars as well as masterminding future models.
When not at the factory, Troels indulges further in his personal car projects with his son (who also works at Zenvo Automotive) as well as spending as much time as possible outdoors with his beloved dogs.
For some reason yes. There have been a few attempts in the past and other companies tried to build small one-person electric vehicles in the past but none were successful.
We are not a motorsport country like the UK. We have only three racetracks in Denmark there use is further limited because of environmental and noise restrictions. But we have still produced a number of great racing drivers. And Go-Karting is quite big but motorsport above that level is virtually non-existant.
Even though there is very little motorsport in Denmark, for all of my working life I have built cars and worked on sports cars for other companies. It was always in my blood. I don’t really know why it became a car like this. In the beginning, when I was first starting it was a smaller sports car, not a hypercar, but then horsepower took over! It just came out like that.
I did not have a design at all. What actually happened was that I was just building the car as a frame. I knew that I wouldn’t be able to design and build the bodywork in house. So I started with the engine and gearbox and kept changing the layout until I was happy with it in terms of wheel placement and track. It was a wide vehicle with the engine in the centre which is why it has the look that it has now.
Then the exterior of the car was designed by a Danish Car Designer, Christian Brandt. He was limited by the frame and position of the wheels but that is the design he came up with.
Yes, I have worked on a few race cars but I have been working mostly on complete drivetrains and electronics. It sounds difficult to develop a drive train but engines are really not that complicated if you have been doing that all of your life. I would prefer to concentrate on engines to body panels. The interface between panels, the interiors too, for me it is far harder to do that than engines.
We are working on a hybrid drivetrain. It will not appear in the TSR-S but in our next model. It is nice to have an electric hypercar with 1,100hp but, in my opinion, it weighs too much and you only have full horsepower for ten seconds or so then you only have half of it, then after another 20 seconds you only have 25% of maximum.
I think a car is sold on the numbers but owning and a supercar should be for the emotion. It is not for general transportation, it is something you take out now and then when the weather is good. Then you’ll get the full emotion. The sound is a big part, the gearchange, the whole feeling which is often missing in an electric hypercar.
The are probably a better drive overall but there are disadvantages, for me driving a hypercar is mostly about emotion and I don’t get that from a pure electric car.
There was a report that something like 2billion internal combustion engines would still be built before every country switched to electric. So it is not too late to still put in the R&D to ICE cars. As long as that is in connection to hybrid technology.
Not really, as I was developing the car I was doing a lot of work in the Middle East selling racing engines and performance upgrades to Ferraris and Mercedes etc. And I was sure that would be my biggest market. There was a high demand for that type of car back in 2009 when it was originally launched. But that is when the credit crash hit the area hard. So the first car was sold to a Russian customer.
Well, I wouldn’t have believed I would sell the cars in Denmark, the maximum speed limit is 130kph and these types of cars are not very popular with the general public, it is seen as a bit ‘over the top’. But we have now sold TWO cars in Denmark. We are also working hard to establish a dealer network in the USA and I have high expectations for that.
Yes, everything is built to order. Even the pattern in the carbon fibre is built to the customer’s specification. We have an element of pre-production, such as the chassis work but body-panels, interior, wheels etc is completely down to customer choice. For this reason the cars are delivered roughly 18 months after ordering. We have a capacity of building maybe four cars per year.
It is not only that it is Danish. It’s easier and it also keeps our own country growing instead of shipping things to other countries. Everything that can be sourced or done in Denmark is done here. There are a few components which are sourced elsewhere, like brake disks from the UK, some gearbox components are from Italy and tyres, of course, from France, but only because these are not available from Danish suppliers.
All of the carbon fibre is produced in-house, as is all of the sheet metal and tubing parts. We do the paint job ourselves too, as we cannot guarantee the quality if we don’t do it ourselves. We can take the best pain sprayers but it still takes a couple of years working in-house before they are up to our standards.
We have access to different tracks and there is an airfield nearby for certain tests. We also hire the Nardo Porsche test centre in Italy, which is the right environment for longer term testing. At home the weather gives us just one good day out of five, like the UK, so we go to Italy.
I am not sure. More than half of the hypercar market is in the USA but there are only a few people over there building American Hypercars, like Shelby, Singer and Hennessey. There is still this attitude outside of the US that Americans only build drag cars which go in a straight line and if you want something to go around corners you don’t buy an American Car. This is wrong, of course, I think the Ford GT is one of the best cars ever built and has proved that assumption to be wrong.
Yes it does, it covers all cars, not just imports. But it only applies once you register the car and put on number plates. We can sell the car plus VAT (if you are in Europe) to any customer if they use it simply as a track car. But if you want to add number plates then you need to sit down and get your wallet out. The Danish tax is 150% of the purchase price PLUS VAT!
No, unfortunately not. We did not even think about that possibility at the time. The cost of redevelopment of moving the various components just is not feasible unless someone wants to order five cars. But I will guarantee that our next car WILL be available as right-hand-drive.
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Turtle Wax Scratch Repair & Renew is the only scratch product with so-called ‘Heal & Seal’ technology. Turtle Wax claims that it safely removes scratches, swirls, paint transfer, water spots and more, making it the best scratch remover for cars. Let’s see how it does! The process is simple: • Dispense small amount of Turtle […] The post Turtle Wax Review: Scratch Repair & Renew first appeared on My Car...
Turtle Wax Scratch Repair & Renew is the only scratch product with so-called ‘Heal & Seal’ technology. Turtle Wax claims that it safely removes scratches, swirls, paint transfer, water spots and more, making it the best scratch remover for cars. Let’s see how it does!
The process is simple:
• Dispense small amount of Turtle Wax Scratch Repair & Renew onto a foam applicator or microfibre towel
• Use gentle back-and-forth motion for 30 seconds
• Finish by wiping lightly with a microfibre towelThe post Turtle Wax Review: Scratch Repair & Renew first appeared on My Car Heaven.
There’s no doubt that owning a car isn’t an investment. Cars are costly to run and maintain, and steadily lose their value. While you can’t expect to not have to spend any money on your vehicle, there are steps you can take to bring the cost down. Here are five car expenses you can easily […] The post The 5 Most Preventable Car Expenses and How to Avoid Them first appeared on My Car...
There’s no doubt that owning a car isn’t an investment. Cars are costly to run and maintain, and steadily lose their value. While you can’t expect to not have to spend any money on your vehicle, there are steps you can take to bring the cost down. Here are five car expenses you can easily avoid having to pay for.
A couple of decades ago, car key replacements were easy to obtain and cost a lot less than they do today. A car key replacement will now set you back between $50 and $500. Basic aftermarket key fobs can be purchased from and programmed by locksmiths, but a factory fob will need to be purchased from a dealership, who will likely charge you for the labor.
You can expect to spend upwards of $200 for a keyless entry fob. If you don’t currently have a spare key, shell out the money now before losing your only copy. Without any copies, you’ll have to spend around $1000 to get all the locks on the car replaced.
It will come as no surprise that one of the most costly mistakes you can make is getting into a car accident. Even if your car isn’t severely damaged, you might get hit with a car accident damages claim. While this is something you should have insurance for, if you’re found guilty, your insurance rates will skyrocket.
It’s fun to drive fast, but the consequences could not only be costly, but also fatal.
Even if you drive responsibly and do all you can to avoid getting into an accident, sometimes it’s unavoidable. You could be parked at a light with nowhere to go and have another vehicle rear-end you. While you know you’re not at fault, without witnesses, the other person could lie and state they were not responsible or make a damages claim against you.
Though you might trust others to be honest, protect yourself and get a front and rear dash cam so that you never have to worry about it coming down to your word against theirs.
If you have to replace the suspensions on your vehicle, it will set you back at least a couple thousand dollars. When buying a used car, make sure you check out the quality of the suspensions before going through with the sale. Whether you’re driving a new or used car, the way you choose to drive will determine the lifespan of your suspensions.
Make sure you break gently, don’t exceed the weight-limit, drive over speed bumps slowly, and take the time to regularly maintain the suspensions.
No matter how psyched you were to purchase your vehicle, at some point, you’re going to want to sell it and get something newer. While you’ll never sell it for the price you bought it, you don’t have to lose tens of thousands on it either. The next time you purchase a car, go for something that’s used, but only a few years old.
Some makes and models depreciate more slowly than others. If you know you’re going to want to sell in a few years, buy something that’ll get you the most bang for your buck. Your wallet will thank you later.The post The 5 Most Preventable Car Expenses and How to Avoid Them first appeared on My Car Heaven.
Driving is a daily activity for most families when going to work, dropping kids off at school, running errands, or going on a trip. Traveling with kids can be fun or taxing for different parents, but the bottom line is, it demands extra care. While you can’t control other drivers, the following tips can help […] The post Car Safety 101: How to Stay Safe When Driving with Children first appeared on My Car...
Driving is a daily activity for most families when going to work, dropping kids off at school, running errands, or going on a trip. Traveling with kids can be fun or taxing for different parents, but the bottom line is, it demands extra care. While you can’t control other drivers, the following tips can help you stay safe on the road when driving with children.
Buckling up your children is simple, but many people ignore the importance of seat belts. According to NHTSA, in the past 50 years, seat belts have played a role in saving 329,715 lives. Additionally, data regarding teen accidents shows that half of those who died hadn’t buckled up their seat belts. If you forget to buckle up your kids, the accessories, car seats, and boosters are useless and could put them at high risk in case of an accident.
According to the NHTSA estimate, child car seats can save at least 260 lives yearly when properly installed. Although most car seats are properly installed, they aren’t tightly secured. Ensure you install your children’s car seats correctly by following instructions that come with them or check online. Alternatively, you can have them installed by your used car dealer or find a local car seat technician to inspect and ensure the installation is appropriate.
Install car seats that are appropriate for their age, weight, and height. Know when it’s right to move them to the next level of seats or boosters but don’t rush.
If your children are under 12 years old or don’t meet the average height and weight considered a 12-year-old’s, they must sit in the back. Children below or above four years old should always have their car boosters and seats installed in the rear.
Distracted driving is among the leading causes of road accidents. When you’re driving with your children, it’s easy to get distracted by their arguments and numerous requests. Before you begin your travels, ensure you have everything in place for your kids, like toys, snacks, games, or cartoons, to keep them busy.
Buzzes and beeps from mobile phones can be alluring, but you need to resist the urge to look or respond to text messages. When driving, activate airplane mode on your phone, switch it off, or keep it away. Install Bluetooth speaker for phone calls to avoid picking up your phone to answer.
Heatstroke is a major cause of death yearly for children left in vehicles. Children are helpless in the face of an accident and could be hurt if they touch hot exhaust or bonnet. Always have reminders that you have children in the back by keeping a toy in the front or have your necessities in the rear.
One way or another, you have to travel with your kids at some point. They are an additional responsibility to driving, but you must ensure their safety at all times. Avoid a car accident by staying alert while driving, and remember to take your children with you when leaving the vehicle. Install car seats properly at the rear and ensure your kids buckle up to keep them safe.The post Car Safety 101: How to Stay Safe When Driving with Children first appeared on My Car Heaven.
More than 12,000 customer cars have passed through John Hennessey’s workshop since it was founded 30 years ago. In 1991 he modified his 3000GT VR4 daily driver and competed in the Pike’s Peak Hill Climb and Nevada Open Road Challenge races. The same year Hennessey set a class record at the Bonneville Salt Flats and […] The post Hennessey: 30 years of making fast cars faster first appeared on My Car...
More than 12,000 customer cars have passed through John Hennessey’s workshop since it was founded 30 years ago.
In 1991 he modified his 3000GT VR4 daily driver and competed in the Pike’s Peak Hill Climb and Nevada Open Road Challenge races. The same year Hennessey set a class record at the Bonneville Salt Flats and won the Unlimited Class at the Silver State Classic open road race in Nevada. John Hennessey also got married that year and after returning from honeymoon the couple founded the business together.
“At the end of 1991, looking back at that year of motorsport, I realized I’d learned the first rule of auto racing – if you want to make a small fortune in racing, start with a larger one! To continue my passion, I knew I’d have to find a way to pay for it. So, I thought, if Carroll Shelby and Alois Ruf could make a living by building and modifying cars then maybe I could too – that’s how our company began.”John Hennessey, company founder and CEO
The Texas-based company has stuck to a simple principle that “Too much horsepower is never enough”.
“Hennessey Performance is like one big family to me, and our fantastic customers are a big part of that. As we celebrate 30 years of business, I’m thankful for every customer and my whole team who’ve all contributed to us becoming a hypercar manufacturer and world-renowned high-performance vehicle tuning business.”
By 1997 he achieved an important accolade with his 650hp Hennessey Viper Venom GTS – being the first to break 200mph. Since 2006, the company’s HQ has been next to its own test track enabling the acceleration of its R&D, engineering and tuning business with cars like the 234mph, twin turbo 1000hp Ford GT and 200mph HPE 600 Corvette C7.
By 2010, the business had built its own hypercar, the Hennessey Venom GT. Based on the chassis of a Lotus Exige, the 1244hp monster weighed just 2743lb and was powered by a turbocharged Hennessey V8 that enabled 0-200mph in just 14.51 seconds. The Venom GT set a production car Guinness World Record for the fastest 0-300kmh time (13.63 seconds) in 2013, then followed that in 2014 with another world record, becoming the fastest production car in the world with a 270.49mph top speed.
Truck tuning emerged as a new customer-led trend in 2012 with the 600hp Hennessey Velociraptor beginning a generation of ‘hypertrucks’. Alongside these monsters of the road, the Hennessey team continued its muscle car work with models like its 1000hp ZL1 Camaro – named The Exorcist.
Although the company still delivers around 500 customer cars each year, the Hennessey team is focused on the all-new 100% bespoke Hennessey Venom F5 hypercar. This ‘decathlete of hypercars’ boasts 1817hp from its Hennessey-built 6.6-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine and targets a top speed exceeding 311mph (500kmh).
John Hennessey competed in Pikes Peak; Nevada Open Road Challenge (4th); Bonneville Salt Flats (class speed record of 177mph); Silver State Challenge (overall winner, averaging 177mph over the 90-mile race)
Won Road & Track supercar shootout, beating a Bugatti Veyron, with 210.2mph top speed
Hennessey ‘tested’ a new Texas Toll Road with its VR1200 running 221mph
In 2013, John Hennessey was the first to break 200mph in a C7 with his supercharged Corvette Stingray on a closed Texas toll road
Built by Hennessey; 0-300kph in 13.63 seconds, a Guinness World Record; 270.49mph verified top speed – world’s fastest car 2014-2017
The start of Hennessey’s truck tuning; 0-60mph 4.2 seconds; 600hp
1000hp; 883lb-ft torque; 0-60mph 2.1 seconds; top speed 217mph
$350,000; upgraded suspension; 600hp upgrade with twin turbochargers
Hennessey’s 10,000th car; 808HP; 0-60mph in 3.3 seconds
100% bespoke Hennessey hypercar with 1817hp V8; 1336hp-per-ton; target +500kph (311mph) top speed; 0-300kph (186mph) in 8.4 secondsThe post Hennessey: 30 years of making fast cars faster first appeared on My Car Heaven.
David Brown Automotive has started production of the new Mini Remastered, Oselli Edition – the performance version of the classic city car limited to 60 bespoke models – with the first examples set to leave the workshop in April. The drivetrain has been engineered in partnership with engine tuning specialist, Oselli to create the most […] The post Oselli Edition Mini gears up for launch first appeared on My Car...
David Brown Automotive has started production of the new Mini Remastered, Oselli Edition – the performance version of the classic city car limited to 60 bespoke models – with the first examples set to leave the workshop in April.
The drivetrain has been engineered in partnership with engine tuning specialist, Oselli to create the most powerful Mini Remastered ever. Described as “just as comfortable on city streets as it is on the racetrack”.
The traditional ‘A-series’ engine has an increased capacity of 1,450cc and features twin SU carburettors, alongside other performance upgrades and a five-speed gearbox. The model also benefits from uprated braking and suspension components to handle the extra power and speed.
The Oselli Edition can be ordered in either a two- or four-seat configuration, with the two-seater featuring shaped bucket seats and a rear roll cage and a four-point seatbelt harness for the racetrack.
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“We are very pleased to have the first examples of Mini Remastered, Oselli Edition almost ready to hit the road – or the racetrack. Alongside our engineering partner, Oselli, we are committed to making sure this performance version of Mini Remastered is the complete package, so alongside challenges around the pandemic, this model has been in planning for longer than usual, but only to allow us to perfect the ultimate race-ready city car package. This car is truly in a class of its own as a fun and spirited small car that can be enjoyed around town in the week, and then taken to the track at the weekend offering customers true versatility.”Michelle Gay, Sales & Marketing Director at David Brown Automotive
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