Zenvo

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2009 Zenvo ST1

Zenvo or Zenvo Automotive is a Danish sports car company located in Præstø on the Danish island of Zealand. It is managed by Jesper Jensen, who is also the founder of the Jensen car maker, and founded and financed by Troels Vollertsen. The name 'Zenvo' is derived from a combination of their names.[1]

Zenvo Automotive was founded in 2004. The first prototype of what became the Zenvo ST1 was completed in December 2008 and production began in 2009.[2] Only 15 cars were built: they were sold to approved customers.[3] The car was sold in the United States through the California based company Red Sea Distribution; The cost of the U.S. based model was estimated at 1.8 million USD, which included a free watch valued at $50,000.[4]

The Zenvo ST1 was critically panned by the British motoring program Top Gear after a series of unfortunate accidents during filming of a segment for the show, including the car catching fire after a cooling unit failure. Another car from the company eventually finished a complete timed lap of the Top Gear Test Track, which was very wet at the time due to the extreme weather that plagued England at the time, the resulting time was worse than the time a BMW M5 costing nearly a tenth of the price had reached. Zenvo responded to Top Gear with a statement published on the Danish website Pro Street.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Zenvo ST1 from Ultimatepage.com. Retrieved 18 December 2008.
  2. ^ Zenvo to Produce “Real Supercar with Excessive Power”. Motor Trend 17 December 2008.
  3. ^ Zenvo Automotive site. Retrieved 18 December 2008.
  4. ^ THMotorsports Automotive Enthusiast site. Retrieved 18 October 2011.
  5. ^ "Zenvo svarer igen: Sandheden bag Top Gear testen". prostreet.dk. 02-20-2014. Retrieved 02-22-2014. 

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