We knew TVR was coming back, but then it went quiet for a couple of years. Now we can reveal a few details of the car that will spearhead the British legend’s return.
Reports say the car is being engineered in partnership with Gordon Murray, the man responsible for the McLaren F1 supercar and Formula One machinery. Not only that, the first model will utilise a Cosworth-tuned V8 engine and is expected to arrive as early as 2017.
Suffice to say, a bit of Cosworth muscle and legendary expertise from a racing legend has us a bit weak at the knees. But it gets better, as said car will stick with the good-old fashioned manual gearbox so no flappy paddle nonsense here to ruin the experience.
It will also make use of Murray’s iStream technology, which could result in reduced CO2 emissions during manufacturing, improved safety, reduced costs and a reduction in weight thanks to a clever tubular frame for the monocoque, all of which will benefit the cause.
TVR chairman and British entrepreneur Les Edgar is aware of the pressure to build something special: “We know that a new TVR has to be better than just good – it has to be outstanding.
“From the outset we only wanted to work with the best partners in the business, and both Gordon Murray’s and Cosworth’s track records within motor sport and high performance car design and engineering speak for themselves.
“Gordon Murray Design and Cosworth are the perfect partners for TVR, and together we will deliver a truly exceptional new car.”
Gordon Murray added: “TVR is an iconic brand which has been an important part of British sports car manufacturing for many decades. Its return to manufacturing is an exciting development and the car deserves the best chassis and powertrain that can possibly be delivered.
“To that end, I am delighted that our company is involved with the project, and that TVR are using our iStream technology.”
Apparently a ten-year business plan is in place, meaning, TVR’s revival will hopefully be more than a flash in the pan for what was revered as the best of British. This is, after all, a company responsible for cars like the Tuscan, Cerbera and Sagaris – just man and machine, with no electrical gimmickry to ruin the fun.
There is, of course, hopes the new car and any future models will be more reliable as engine rebuilds are hardly desirable or cheap.
TVR was purchased back in June 2013 by Edgar for an undisclosed amount. He said at the time that he would be careful to avoid making previous mistakes that played a role in its demise.
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