This, we’re told, is the “second chapter” of Zenvo, and it certainly sounds like a page-turner. The headline stats for this new Zenvo Aurora read as follows: 1,850bhp, 0-62mph in 2.3 seconds, and a top speed of 280mph. Crikey.
We learned how Zenvo would go about achieving such numbers a few weeks back. It’ll use a 6.6-litre Mahle V12 featuring no less than four turbochargers. We’re getting strong Bugatti EB110 vibes here, but the 12-cylinder engine isn’t responsible for the total output. It brings 1,250bhp (at 8,000rpm) to the party, with the remaining 600bhp provided via electric motors.
Exactly how much electrical assistance you get depends on the kind of Aurora you buy. There’s one 200bhp motor integrated with the seven-speed paddleshift gearbox and another of the same output at the rear axle on the pared-back ‘Agil’ version. There’s an optional 200bhp front-axle motor as standard on the more touring-friendly ‘Tur’ model to provide all-wheel drive, which you can have optionally on the Agil.
While also helping make the Aurora chuffing fast, the electrical gubbins also have a torque-fill function, giving the car a boost while the quartet of turbochargers are spooling up. Going back to the engine, it uses ‘Mahle Jet Ignition’, which Zenvo says allows “the engine to operate without the need for over fuelling for component protection,” helping it comply with the stringent new Euro 7 emissions regulations. No mean feat.
The hybrid powertrain slots into a carbon composite monocoque clad in carbon composite panels. There are double wishbones at each end of the car, and motorsport-style pushrod dampers all-round. When it comes to slowing down, there are carbon ceramic brakes to rely on.
The Agil generates the most downforce, owing to its more aggressive aero profile, which incorporates a sizeable rear wing. You’re looking at 880kg of downforce at 155mph, although this comes at the cost of the top speed - it’ll ‘only’ do 227mph. It’s also by far the lightest of the two, coming in at 1,300kg in rear-drive form versus 1,450kg for the more luxurious, all-wheel drive Tur.
Want one? You’re looking at a mere £2.2 million. Oh, and that’s the starting price. 50 examples of each derivative will be made, and production won’t start until 2026.