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Zenvo Aurora | Quad-turbo Hybrid V12 Hypercar

The latest model from Zenvo is no exception to the astounding numbers that abound in the hypercar market. The company asserts that the designers didn't concentrate on hitting any specific statistics. Instead, they concentrated on building the finest automobile they could, letting the numbers come into play.

The end product is the Aurora, which is being introduced today in the Agil and Tur trim levels. The first is a track-focused, high-downforce performance variant, while the second is a bit more laid-back, road-focused vehicle called Tur (Danish for Touring).

Both are built on Zenvo's brand-new ZM1 modular monocoque, which the firm claims was created with structural safety at the level of Formula 1. The carbon composite component, which has a stiffness of 63,000Nm/deg, weighs just 265 lbs (120 kg).

The Aurora is the lightest car Zenvo has ever produced, with a design that exposes almost 70% of the chassis. In a similar vein, the engine that serves as the foundation for both models is incredibly light.

The Aurora, developed by Mahle Powertrain, is propelled by a mid-mounted, all-aluminum V12 that weighs under 575 lbs (260 kg). Four turbochargers help the 6.6-litre engine, which can rev all the way up to 9,800 RPM and generate 1,250 horsepower (932 kW/1,267 PS) as a result.

It is an outstanding figure all by itself, and the hybrid system raises the bar further. Intriguingly, the track-oriented Agil has just one electric motor as standard, making it the less powerful of the two variants. The powertrain works in tandem with the engine to provide 1,450 horsepower (1,081 kW/1,470 PS) only to the rear wheels.

In this position, the electric motor accelerates the Aurora and fills torque dips while the turbochargers spool up. Even the seven-speed gearbox has been adjusted to feel as mechanical as possible in order to give a pure and forceful driving experience.

According to Zenvo, it decided to equip the Aurora Agil with just one electric motor to save weight and maximise unaided driving. It has a strong aerodynamic package that produces 1,940 lbs (880 kg) of downforce at 155 mph (250 km/h) to aid in on-track performance. It has a peak speed of 227 mph (365 km/h) and can accelerate to 62 mph in 2.5 seconds.

The Aurora Tur, on the other hand, is built more for the road than the track. Despite having a less aggressive appearance, it nevertheless has a respectable peak speed because of its more slippery aerodynamic design and the installation of two more electric motors.

The two extra motors provide actual torque vectoring for exceptional cornering performance as they drive the front wheels. The engine's combined output is a staggering 1,850 horsepower (1,380 kW/1,876 PS).

The Aurora Tur weighs 3,197 pounds (1,450 kg) since the additional power comes at a slight weight penalty. However, it has a peak speed of 280 mph (450 km/h) and can accelerate to 62 mph (100 km/h) in just 2.3 seconds. Along with other niceties, it also provides a bit of additional comfort in the shape of leather seats.

Producing the Aurora at Zenvo's headquarters in Praest, Denmark, will start in 2025 and be limited to just 50 specimens for each model. At this time, no pricing has been made available to the public.

TopGear Magazine September 2023