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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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catchmyshadow
car looks great, they should team up with Gumpert. Zenvo Design + Gumpert engineering finesse = SUCCESS ....both alone = BROKE
Feb 24, 2014 3:42 am
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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).
Feb 24, 2014 2:01 am
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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.
Feb 24, 2014 12:22 am
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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?
Feb 23, 2014 2:14 pm
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-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 :/ )
Feb 23, 2014 4:16 am
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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.
Feb 22, 2014 7:21 am
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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.
Feb 21, 2014 6:58 pm
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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.
Feb 21, 2014 7:53 am
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JACKED
Back to the drawing boards.
Feb 21, 2014 2:40 am
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booost
Empty rambling there. Their PERFORMANCE car failed on multiple counts, nuff said.
Feb 21, 2014 2:14 am
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CDspeed
It is kind of hard to ignore the fire.
Feb 20, 2014 10:16 pm
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motorfan28
Their inspiration came from Ferrari...based on their numbers produced (which is one)....their already ahead with fires per vehicle
Feb 22, 2014 9:04 am
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enzoc
Even though the lap time was wet, the M5 (wet lap) was still faster.
Feb 20, 2014 8:32 pm
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jamsbong
That's so true. Makes you wonder what that extra 600++ HP is for?
Feb 23, 2014 2:04 pm
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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.
Feb 20, 2014 8:08 pm
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JayHundred
"Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.” - Hamlet
Feb 20, 2014 6:27 pm
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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
Feb 20, 2014 6:16 pm
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AlborzHeydaryan
You mean 'Work harder'
Feb 20, 2014 6:35 pm
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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
Feb 20, 2014 5:49 pm
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AlborzHeydaryan
WOW! 60k more for a P1? i didn't notice that when watching the video... every time i hear the prices in pounds they just disappear from my mind in a few seconds. they should have small numbers on the edge of the screen showing the number in USD. anyway, the P1 is sold out already. isn't it?
Feb 20, 2014 6:37 pm
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NardoW12
Wait and buy an used P1, or order a Porsche 918. Why buy this?
Feb 20, 2014 6:41 pm
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Godfather
As it's already sold out and the reviews after have praised the car, the price probably has gone over the million mark. If you wanna a comparable car to the mclaren then you maybe better off going for a pagani huayra then even the 918.
Feb 21, 2014 2:09 am
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lovice
It's Top Gear UK which is shown on BBC2 every Sunday at 8. Why would they put USD on their screen shots? It's like saying programmes in the US should put GBP on the screen just incase British couldn't figure out what USD means. Anyway, the recently rate is more like 1 GBP = 1.5-1.6 USD.
Feb 21, 2014 5:09 am
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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.
Feb 20, 2014 5:39 pm
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AlborzHeydaryan
I worked in a small car factory myself. when you price something so high, you can actually afford to try a few engines and re-do each part until you're sure it's perfect. given unlimited budget? really? do you have ANY idea what that actually means? the only reason it's priced so high is the design. they thought out of the box, and had a designer in the team from the very beginning. but underneath, they're using off the shelf parts. it's no wonder the quality is so low...
Feb 20, 2014 6:43 pm
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dieterm
True, but regardless of the cost, when ever building a new car from the ground up there are going to be setbacks, first gen always have their gremlins. So it's unfair to say the car is junk. There are not many independant car companies that have produced a car that is perfect from the get go, for example Savage Rivale, they too are having a few issue with engine selection and transmission choice.
Feb 20, 2014 10:31 pm
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EdBacau
Look at Pagani and Wiesmann, small car companies that made good products from the start.
Feb 21, 2014 7:56 am
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nporet
If I buy a car for a million Euro I expect it to be perfect sorry no acceptable excuses!!!!!
Feb 24, 2014 12:19 am
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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.
Feb 20, 2014 5:39 pm
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AlborzHeydaryan
Top gear was never biased because of an outside contract. they're biased based on their personal opinion. hence praising every british car. the jaguar E-type broke down on them multiple times and they still praised it for being an iconic design. because it's british. and Clarkson hates the 911 for very personal reasons. you take that away, and TG is ruined :)
Feb 20, 2014 6:45 pm
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Godfather
Actually Enzo Ferrari praised the design of the E-type and praise don't get higher then that in the automotive world. Plus there is a difference between design and reliability. Clarkson himself is actually biased to Porsche because in his opinion Porsche is a jacked Volkswagen where as Ferrari is more like god. If anything he is more biased to Italian cars then British. When doing supercars challenges in the past he has chosen Lamborghini gallado super legera, aventador, Maserati quattroporte, Ferrari 612 etc. he praises Alfa more then his beloved range rover so much so that he deliberately lost against the Alfa 4c this season. Plus it's not just him but the other two as well.
Feb 21, 2014 2:23 am
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