The team behind the rebirth of British sports car marque TVR has revealed the first details of the car it plans to put into production in 2017.
The TVR brand was acquired two years ago by computer game developer Les Edgar and a group of experienced, well-heeled enthusiasts from Russian billionaire Nikolai Smolenski.
Smolenski bought TVR in the early 2000s and ended up virtually running it into the ground. The fabled Blackpool factory closed its doors for good in 2004.
Since the buyout in 2013, the management team has deliberately kept a low profile as it shaped the marque’s future. Now it has given the first indications of what we can expect when the new car is launched in 2017.
The new TVR will follow the same blueprint as past models. It will be a lightweight, front-engined, rear-wheel-drive two-seater sports car, majoring on driving thrills. According to TVR, its market positioning and price will be “consistent” with past TVRs. It has been designed with input from legendary McLaren F1 designer Gordon Murray and his company Gordon Murray Design.
The car will be built using Murray’s innovative iStream manufacturing process. Murray pioneered iStream in his own T25 and T27 city cars – it ultilises a framework made up of large-diameter tubes, with composite body panels bonded on. As it’s much simpler to produce, iStream requires just 20 per cent of the space of conventional car manufacture and consequently vastly less investment, making it ideal for a start-up like TVR.
Power will come from a suitably TR-ish engine, a normally aspirated, dry-sumped V8, designed and engineered by Cosworth. There’s no word on power yet, but towards the end of their previous run, TVRs typically produced 400-450bhp. In a car likely weigh little more than a ton, that should translate to pretty vivid performance. Let’s say around 0-62mph in around four seconds and a top speed of 180mph-plus.
Long-term, the plan is to introduce a total of four models within ten years of the first launch. Les Edgar said: “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 with motorsport and high performance car design and engineering speak for themselves. Together we will deliver a truly exceptional new car.”
Seeking to allay any fears about the credibility of the operation, Edgar added: “We are a well-funded, well-supported organisation and boast a vastly experienced management team. We are here to stay and have a fully evolved ten year plan for product and business development, and are committed to deliver on all the targets we have set ourselves – as we have done to date.”
“It is a real privilege to be a part of the revival of a great British marque – one that will succeed through our single-minded desire to produce exceptional sports cars.”
More details and the first images of the car will be released later this year. All the signs are extremely promising but, as ever, the proof will be in the pudding.
By Only Motors