We finally get to see the Danish supercar’s unique ‘Centripetal’ wing in action.
Advanced active aerodynamic systems on modern high-end supercars are nothing new. Depending on how hard the car is being pushed, flaps and shutters move about or change shape, providing extra downforce to help a car corner better or substitute as an air brake. But the active aerodynamics on the Zenvo TSR-S is unlike anything we’ve ever seen before. The bonkers Danish supercar was recently spotted tearing up a racetrack, allowing us to see its crazy Centripetal Wing in action for the first time.
The wing uses two rotational axes, allowing it to function both as an air brake and a cornering stabilizer. When the car corners, the wing rotates relative to the car’s longitudinal axis, which you can see in the video as it twists and turns at extreme angles. It looks absolutely insane in motion, and will no doubt enable the Zenvo TSR-S to dominate the track.
“Whilst lifting to boost downforce, the wing also tilts while cornering—for example, lifting the left side of the wing when cornering left and vice versa, to propel the car to the inside of the corner, ensuring exceptional stability and grip,” explained Troels Vollertsen, Chief Technical Officer and Founder. In case you were wondering, ‘Centripetal’ directly refers to the centripetal force also known as ‘center seeking’ force. Allow Zenvo to explain the technicalities: “When in an absolutely horizontal position, a conventional rear wing generates a downforce perpendicular to the horizontal position of the wing: absolute vertical."
"When the centripetal wing tilts away from the absolute horizontal, the downforce stays perpendicular to the plane of the wing thereby generating a centripetal force. This centripetal force reduces the tendency of the rear end to break away – a trait that is inherent for a mid-engine car.” The Danish supercar is powered by a 5.8-liter V8 with two centrifugal superchargers that produces 1,177 horsepower. Power is sent to the rear wheels through a race-derived seven-speed paddle-shift gearbox, enabling the car to hit 62 mph in 2.8 seconds. Production is limited to just five cars a year.