The semi finals for the UEFA Women’s Euro 2017 kick off tonight with Denmark VS Austria and Netherlands VS England. The Final will take place on Sunday between the winners of these two matches. But we were curious which cars could represent these teams?
Three out of the four teams playing do manufacture their own cars, but one aids other countries in building their great cars (collaboration is just great team work).
Denmark – Zenvo ST1
Denmark has been in the Women’s Euro Semi-Finals plenty of times, however, they have lost their previous five attempts to become finalists. Could this be the year they break this seemingly bad trend?
Denmark doesn’t have a booming car industry like Germany does (none of the semi-finalists does),but they do have one supercar company. The Zenvo ST1. Zenvo is hoping this car can take the car market by storm and really make its mark in the same way Denmark wants to beat its way into the finals.
The Zenvo is completely hand-built and has a rather exotic styling. Under its bonnet, the Zenvo ST1 houses a 7.0-litre supercharged V8 engine developing a phenomenal 1104 bhp. It is combined with a six-speed manual gearbox. It does have three engine modes – Wet, Street and Track. Wet mode tones the engine power down to 750 bhp (still more than most other cars in existence). Street and Track keep you around the 1000 bhp mark.
The Zenvo dashes up the pitch to 60 mph in less than 3 seconds and hits an electronically limited top speed of 233 mph. This car can deliver on paper, but it has struggled in real world performance (sounds familiar?).
When it was reviewed by Top Gear a few years ago, it burst into flames and set a track lap slower than a BMW M5. That doesn’t mean the Danish company has given up and are continually working on the Zenvo, aiming to make it one of the best supercars on the market. Let's see if Denmark can achieve their own dream of entering the finals tonight.
Austria – Mercedes G-Class
Austria is taking on Denmark tonight. Austria knows the true meaning of collaboration and teamwork because whilst they do not manufacture their own cars, they do help to build others. Take the Mercedes G-Class for example. It is a German car but is built by Magna Steyr in Austria, who will also be building Jaguar’s E-Pace and I-Pace in the future.
The G-Class is Mercedes answer to the Land Rover Defender. It is powered by a 5.4-litre V8 engine producing 544 bhp. It accelerates from 0-60 mph in 5.4 seconds. This offers both great on road and off road capabilities. In fact, with concerns about off road, it has the same capacity as the Land Rover Defender, the best off roader available (at the time).
Now Austria hasn't been in the Semi-Finals since they faced off against the Netherlands in 2009, but when they faced Denmark in a pre-finals friendly in July, Austria won by 4-2. These Semi-Finals will put Austria’s collaboration skills to the test. If they work well together as a team, they could be on for a winner.
Netherlands – Spyker C8 Preliator
The last time the Netherlands was in the Semi-Finals was in 2009, which they won and went into the finals. They are also the hosts for this year’s Women’s Euros. They have achieved much in their football career and they have a car company that has made a serious impression on the market: Spyker.
The Spyker C8 Preliator is the newest two-door mind-engine sports car offers by Spyker, offering you a bespoke, detailed design with aviation-inspired elements. Under the gorgeous Spyker bonnet, you will find a 5.0-litre V8 engine offering an eye-watering 525 bhp engine paired with either a six-speed manual or automatic gearbox.
The Spyker C8 Preliator is an immensely beautiful convertible supercar, that stands out from many of its other competitors. Will the Netherlands stand out from the rest by defeating England tonight in the Semi-Finals?
England – McLaren 570S
The last time England faced off against the Netherlands in a Euro’s final, it was in 2009 Final and England won by 2-1 in extra-time. They also faced off against each other in a friendly in Tilburg last November, with England claiming victory again.
England is the home of many manufacturing plants for many of the world’s most popular cars. However, it is in Surrey where their own pride and joy is built. The McLaren 570S is the lowest-priced McLaren available, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t perform brilliantly.
The 570S is part of the Sports Series, which seems fitting for the football team aiming to take the Euro 2017 trophy. Inside the McLaren 570S, you will discover a 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine developing 562 bhp, mated with a seven-speed twin clutch gearbox. It sails from 0-60 mph in 3.1 seconds and smashes the top speed of 204 mph. The McLaren 570S can perform, so can England do the same tonight?
England is taking on the Netherlands at 7:45 PM tonight (3rd August 2017) on Channel 4 and Eurosport UK.