We have always loved independent British manufacturer TVR, once the third-largest specialised sportscar manufacturer in the world.
Cars like the Griffith, Tuscan Speed Six and Chimaera will always live long in the memory but the company, created by Trevor Wilkinson in 1947 and which subsequently swapped hands many times (it was last owned by Russian entrepreneur Nicolai Smolensky) began floundering and the Blackpool factory was closed in 2006.
Now reborn under new chairman Les Edgar, it is keen to see a return of the glory days of the Sixties and Seventies and will be debuting an all-new model at the Goodwood Revival in Sussex on September 8 marking the company’s 70th anniversary. And to whet our appetite, a teaser image of the new car has been revealed. The image shows one of the as of yet unnamed car’s two round black exhaust tips which are positioned directly behind the front wheels. With the engine up front and such a small exhaust, it’ll sure make a heck of a sound! We already know a fair bit about the car; it has been developed in collaboration with Gordon Murray Design and will have a Cosworth-developed 5.0-litre V8 that will make around 480 horsepower, it will weigh 1,200kg (it’s mostly been constructed from aluminium and carbon fibre) and should be able to hit 100kph from rest in under four seconds. It will have a reported top speed of 322kph.
The first 500 cars will be part of a Launch Edition (they could be priced at around the Dh400,000 mark; the newbie has already been shown closed doors to a number of prospect buyers) and we can’t wait for September to see it.
Edgar 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.”