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Zenvo cries foul over Top Gear review of the ST1 [video]

Pulling a Tesla

The Zenvo ST1 was recently featured on Top Gear and the Danish automaker isn't exactly thrilled by how things turned out.

While Jeremy Clarkson praised the car for being comfortable and quiet, he pointed out a number of issues including rear brake problems, a bad clutch and condensation on the lights. He went on to say the car was sent back to Demark to be fixed and shortly after it returned the cooling fan failed and started a fire.

Zenvo, as you can imagine, wasn't thrilled with the outcome so they've pulled a Tesla and listed a series of grievances online.

According to Zenvo, the clutch failed after an hour of "extreme drifting by Top Gear drivers." The company goes on to say the fire was caused by a faulty intercooler fan after "more than one hour of intensive high speed testing and 50 liters of fuel consumed."

Zenvo also points out the lap time was disappointing because "the Stig conducted [the test] on a day when driving was not recommended in many parts of Britain due to low temperature and extreme rain." The company goes on to say "The weather conditions and the amount of water on the track severely reduced the traction on the car’s 345/30 ZR20 rear tires resulting in a lap time that does not reflect the true potential of the car in dry conditions."

Source: Zenvo Automotive via Pro-Street.dk

‘The Stigs supercar’ at the Top Gear show.

After being named ‘The Stig’s supercar’ and credited for staggering performance in Top Gear Magazine in 2010, the car faced problems in its appearance at the Top Gear TV show. The car however, also achieved good results during the tests.

In the first visit, the clutch of the car burned out after an hour of extreme drifting by Top Gear drivers. In the second visit, a faulty intercooler fan caught fire after more than one hour of intensive high speed testing and 50 liters of fuel consumed. The source of the fire, has been traced back to a defect in the fan delivered by an acknowledged automotive supplier. After this incident, Zenvo Automotive is conducting thorough testing of all fans before mounting them in the cars.

Two unofficial tests were conducted by Top Gear during filming.

First, limited by the length of the straight line section of the track, the car reached 304 km/h (189 mph). This was the highest speed measured on the Top Gear test track in recent times.

Second, Top Gear clocked the 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) acceleration time at 2.69 seconds on a damp tarmac.

These results did not air on the show.

Instead Top Gear presented a lap time with the Stig conducted on a day when driving was not recommended in many parts of Britain due to low temperature and extreme rain. The weather conditions and the amount of water on the track severely reduced the traction on the car’s 345/30 ZR20 rear tires resulting in a lap time that does not reflect the true potential of the car in dry conditions.

Zenvo Automotive is looking forward to making a more realistic lap time in dry weather conditions.

The Zenvo ST1 has a listed price of 660.000£, not 800.000£ as was stated in the show.

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Comments (31)

 catchmyshadow catchmyshadow
car looks great, they should team up with Gumpert. Zenvo Design + Gumpert engineering finesse = SUCCESS ....both alone = BROKE
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February 24, 2014 3:42 am
 DBaskov DBaskov
Zenvo is a nice looking car but it ends there. I don't see how this car is even worth 1/8 of it's price. Clarkson may be biased towards British cars but it doesn't mean that Top Gear portrays them all as invincible since several of them did brake down in the show including Noble 600 (which is one of my favorite).
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February 24, 2014 2:01 am
 nporet nporet
That What I like about Top Gear, They have the BBC backing them up and they can afford to just say what they think about the cars. They always give the plus and minus whatever they are whoever is the company.
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February 24, 2014 12:22 am
 jamsbong jamsbong
Top Gear criticism aside; Just looking at the facts and I would argue that the Zenvo isn't worth that much because: it is not that sexy nor beautiful; It is fast only in the straights but slower even compared to M5, Viper and 911 GT3 on the (same wet) track. For similar money, you can get a Pagani, 918, P1 etcs. Why buy this orange car?
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February 23, 2014 2:14 pm
 -Matt- -Matt-
Clarkson pushed the car to the limit. And it broke down, was on fire and so on. Zenvo says that there was extreme drifting, intensive high speed testing. Yeah! Thats what the car was built in the first place! Did someone saw an episode of top gear with a supercar that was driven slowly ? (sry for my bad english :/ )
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February 23, 2014 4:16 am
 6spdterror 6spdterror
I couldve told you that Clarkson wouldve thrashed this car without even looking at the video. He has this innate hatred for anything that isnt British especially Americans. That top gear board is a joke, you cant test a 1000+HP car in the wet, youre obviously going to get skewed results. Im not saying that the Zenvo doesnt have its issues, but Clarkson is as biased as a russian judge in Sochi. Top gear is a great show for ENTERTAINMENT but rarely will they have anything factual.
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February 22, 2014 7:21 am
 Vision7 Vision7
The price discrepancy is not necessarily a mistake, if you base their listed price off the limited-edition ST150S (which had a price of $1.8 million...$575K over the "standard" ST1). There have also been other reviews of the car which accuse Zenvo of charging far too much for this vehicle. Regardless, there was an undeniable issue with reliability and the people at Zenvo should have been well-aware of the flogging their creation was going to take in the hands of the TG crew. Small "boutique" manufacturers like Ariel, Pagani, and Koenigsegg have sent multiple cars to TG and they've been able to withstand the punishment. The BAC Mono even survived a serious flogging (and one of the most exciting power laps to watch). Even the British-made Caparo T1 was grilled for it's multiple reliability issues during its test, so Zenvo really doesn't have much of a leg to stand on. If you're going to have your car showcased on what is arguably one of the biggest stages for car manufacturers, for better or worse, you better be ready for the fallout. Zenvo, sadly, wasn't ready.
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February 21, 2014 6:58 pm
 EdBacau EdBacau
Lesson learned, you need to Clarkson proof your car before selling it. AMG never complained about Clarkson destroying countless tires while testing their cars.
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February 21, 2014 7:53 am
 JACKED JACKED
Back to the drawing boards.
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February 21, 2014 2:40 am
 911fnatic 911fnatic
Empty rambling there. Their PERFORMANCE car failed on multiple counts, nuff said.
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February 21, 2014 2:14 am
 CDspeed CDspeed
It is kind of hard to ignore the fire.
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February 20, 2014 10:16 pm
 enzoc enzoc
Even though the lap time was wet, the M5 (wet lap) was still faster.
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February 20, 2014 8:32 pm
 motorfan28 motorfan28
Zenvo would have known what TG was going to do to their car, no use crying about it when they could not deliver a car that could not take the thrashing.
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February 20, 2014 8:08 pm
 JayHundred JayHundred
"Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.” - Hamlet
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February 20, 2014 6:27 pm
 osamaFXX0 osamaFXX0
Zenvo admit it your car needs a lot of work .. Don't blame the weather or the track or the idiot Clarkson. Just work more harder
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February 20, 2014 6:16 pm
 Godfather Godfather
I think they abuse all the cars in the same way so no excuse there. Plus the weather wasn't that bad as there was no rain in the video and they probably wouldn't have allowed it to be tested on health and safety grounds (remember it's the uk where health and safety rules). Worst of all,l it's this or 60k more for a mclaren P1
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February 20, 2014 5:49 pm
 dieterm dieterm
Of course the car was going to have issues, keep in mind this car is built and produced by a small time company. Doesn't have the resources like GM to ensure that ever part is working correctly or every fixture is with out it's problems. Personally I love this car, it's design is original considering some of the wanabe supercars that are out there and has the speed to back it up. I'm sure if they gave the company a unlimited budget, the car would be built without any errors.
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February 20, 2014 5:39 pm
 bavorak bavorak
I was actually pretty surprised how they humiliated the car in top gear, because I thought the company gave it to Top Gear with a contract of a good advertising of the car. At least we can see some parts of Top Gear to be 'real' and not according to the script as majority of the show.
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February 20, 2014 5:39 pm