How The Zenvo TSR-S Creates Dynamic Downforce With Its Unique Wing

Active aero isn’t exactly a new concept, we’ve seen spoilers that raise and lower ...

Active aero isn’t exactly a new concept, we’ve seen spoilers that raise and lower with speed and even change the angle of attack based on what the driver is doing for a decade or longer now. However, this car, the Zenvo TSR-S, has taken active aero to a whole new level and I honestly can’t decide how I feel about it.

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To be clear, I’m talking simply about how it looks, not whether or not it works. I’m no road course driver by any stretch of the imagination, though I can see just by watching that it seems like the functionality is logical: you raise the wing on the inside to increase downforce on the inside tires. I get that, and as far as I can tell, it makes sense that it would contribute at least some to making the car handle better.

I’m just not sure the benefit of better handling is worth how ridiculous it looks to see the massive carbon fiber wing dancing about on the back of the car. It honestly looks to be broken and just swaying with the momentum of the car as it snakes through the turns.

Of course, for some, form follows function, so I would really like to know how much the active aero helps with a professional driver behind the wheel, because the driver in this video doesn’t seem to be pushing the Zenvo all that hard, which is understandable with so many other cars on the track.

With nearly 1,200 horsepower on tap, the TSR-S should be quick around any track just based on brute strength, but it’s low-slung stance and massive wheels should mean it handles well too, although I know nothing about the car’s actual suspension setup. Seems logical to assume if they invested the time and effort to make the rear wing articulate to such a degree, Zenvo would have some real trick stuff under the car too, so let’s get a professional wheelman in this thing and have him take a few laps with the active aero off and a few with it on to see what he has to say.

 

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