The history of TVR sports cars is long, convoluted and with plenty of intrigue and spectacular cars. Started by a chap called Trevor (hence TVR) in 1947, the marque has passed through various hands ever since.
Back in the 1990s, TVR produced the V8-powered Tuscan which not only went like stink but also looked great too. But that was probably the Blackpool-based company’s high point because it was followed by a succession of weirder designs, all fast, but, well, weird. Production quality hasn’t always been great either.
In 2004 TVR was sold to a Russian, Nicolas Smolensky, but just a few years later the company was in tatters, out of money, out of business. Not the first time for TVR, of course, but this did look terminal.
Hooray then for Les Edgar and John Chasey who acquired TVR from Solensky and announced plans to design a new car but also, importantly supply spares for the existing fleet of TVR sports cars. And to prove they knew what they were doing, they brought in famous car design Gordon Murray, who not only knows how to design a great sports car – remember the iconic McLaren F1? – but also understands car production and the use of carbon fibre composites.
This week TVR announced it will unveil the new car at the Goodwood Revival on 8 September 2017. This is what TVR says about the new car:
Created in conjunction with Gordon Murray Design, the 1200kg car promises incredible 200mph performance and 0-60mph in less than 4 seconds. With the special launch edition car being offered at under £90,000, anticipation and demand for the 400bhp per tonne, five-litre, Cosworth developed V8-powered car is already at fever pitch.
The unveiling of the car at the Goodwood Revival is a first for the world-renowned Sussex-based event. The new car will go on display in the ‘Earls Court’ building at the Revival, and will be showcased at the centre of a display which features a number of older, heritage TVRs, in celebration of the British marque’s 70th anniversary.
Les Edgar, Chairman of TVR said, “We are incredibly excited to be unveiling the new car at the Goodwood Revival. It’s the first time a global launch of a new car has occurred at the event, and it seems an entirely appropriate place for us to do it, with the marque’s motorsport heritage and an enthusiastic audience of dedicated car fans – and in our 70th anniversary year.
“After a series of secret private viewings organised for the benefit of existing customers for the new car, we know that we have a surefire hit on our hands, and very much look forward to seeing the public reaction in September.”
So what do we know about the new car?
- Cosworth V8 based on a Ford 5.0-litre engine with somewhere between 450-500bhp
- Carbon-fibre construction
- Manual transmission and rear wheel drive
- Two-seat coupe/convertible.