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  Zenvo TSR-S

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Country of origin:Denmark
Introduced in:2018
Introduced at:2018 Geneva Motor Show
Source:Company press release
Last updated:March 06, 2018
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Click here to download printer friendly versionZenvo 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.

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