The Danish company is the latest arrival in the increasingly packed boutique hypercar sector - although it isn't really new at all. Having been founded way back in 2004, Zenvo has been hanging around in the margins for some time now, but is yet to establish itself as a credible rival to the likes of Pagani and Koenigsegg.
The TS1 GT is clearly an evolution of the original ST1. The styling hasn't changed a great deal, but under the skin plenty of work has been done. The engine, for instance, is all-new and unusually, even for this rarified corner of the performance car sector, is Zenvo's own design. The 5.8-litre V8 is boosted by a pair of superchargers, which immediately gives the car its all-important USP amongst the rest of its hypercar competition.
In many ways the Zenvo is a pretty conventional performance car. It uses a steel and aluminium monocoque rather than a carbon tub - at 1,710kg it's far from the lightest hypercar on the block - and the suspension is double wishbones all around with passive KW dampers. What is unique about the TS1 GT, though, is that you can choose from three transmission options; a six-speed manual (yes, the kind that has a stick-thing on the transmission tunnel and that funny third pedal), a paddle shift sequential with synchromesh and a paddle shift with dog rings. The latter is the rawest, most aggressive gearbox option, Zenvo says, and it's the one fitted here.
Naturally enough the car's beating heart is its throbbing engine... even when it's way down on power. For this stage of the development process Zenvo has turned the boost right down so it's only producing 760hp or so - why did I even get out of bed? - but it's still completely monstrous. It feels less like a complex arrangement of mechanical parts and more like something Saint George would have squared up against. Being twin supercharged it has instant throttle response, like a normally aspirated engine, and with no turbochargers to smother the exhaust note there's a rich, authentic soundtrack, too. Power delivery is linear and progressive, meaning the longer you dare keep your right boot in the more the rate of acceleration builds and the faster it seems to haul you towards the scene of the accident. Even when it's been robbed of 400hp, this engine is so much more exciting than most big power turbo units.
Its KW suspension is three-way adjustable, but set up the way it was on the day, and on the bumpy roads we were using, the TS1 GT's ride was only just about on the acceptable side. It's busy, pattery and the car crashes over ridges and sunken drain covers. It's perfectly reasonable on slightly smoother roads, though, where you really can appreciate the composure, body control and damping in compressions. The car is also really well balanced in cornering and has very good traction. The fat Michelin Pilot Super Sport tyres give it masses of grip which you can really lean on thanks to the detailed, intuitive steering.
There is a fair way to go before the TS1 GT is ready, as Zenvo itself acknowledges. But can it ever justify that £1.2m asking price? As it is, I'm just not convinced the cabin, or overall fit and finish, is exceptional enough to do so. Go ahead and buy the business jet for now, we'll see if Zenvo can deliver the goods with the production model.
ZENVO TS1 GT
Engine: 5,800cc, twin supercharged V8
Transmission: 7-speed CIMA sequential, rear-wheel drive
Power (hp): 1,180@7,700rpm
Torque (lb ft): 811@7,700rpm
Top speed: 233mph (limited)
Weight: 1,710kg (kerb weight)