This is a helluva 10th birthday present.
For this year’s Geneva Motor Show, Zenvo decided that what we needed was not another supercar endowed with massive amounts of horsepower but a history lesson. Okay, to be fair, what we got was both a supercar and a history lesson. The Danish supercar manufacturer has brought us a one-off version of the TS1 built to celebrate its 10th anniversary. The car was released just ahead of the 2017 Geneva show, but at the show we got to see its Fjord Blue paint job in the metal.
The car is appropriately named the Sleipnir after the eight-legged horse ridden by Odin and known as “the fastest and best horse among gods and men.” Appropriately, the one-off model is powered by a 5.8-liter twin-supercharged V8 engine making 1,163 horsepower using a flat-plane crankshaft. Power is sent to the rear wheels through a seven-speed transmission built by Zenvo, which supposedly shifts in 40 milliseconds, nearly the same time it takes the gearbox in an F1 car to swap gears. It can hit 62 mph from a standstill in 2.8 seconds and only relents its forward acceleration after hitting 250 mph, hopefully this time without catching fire as it did during its two previous public meltdowns.
The gorgeous Fjord Blue paint job is accented by copper-bronze strips, bronze was the most advanced material available to pre-historic Scandinavia and was used to advance the civilization, placed on the hood of the car and set into the bare carbon fiber panels. Inside and around the outside of the car are contrasting copper highlights. This is a gorgeous design we can get behind and it looks even more appealing in the metal. Unfortunately, it also costs a pretty penny, with Autocar claiming that the single unit won’t sell for a hair under $1.2 million. Justifying the price is the fact that copper and rhodium switches and instrument surrounds on the interior cost close to $200,000 and took expert craftsmen over 8,000 man hours to complete.
If Zenvo can put the Sleipnir on the track and prove some of its performance metrics, we have no doubt this single special model will sell quickly.