Derived from the TVR T400R race line which was purpose built for endurance racing at Spa, Sebring, and Le Mans 24 Hours, the T440R was the only one in the series made to run with a naturally aspirated 4.2 liter engine specification. It incorporated a gas-flowed cylinder head, steel crankshaft and conrods, a carbon fiber airbox with 6 upper injectors - 12 in total - and bespoke exhaust headers, most of this thoroughbred machine includes components derived from the race car.
While the engine was detuned to 440bhp (to make it more useful for running on the pavement daily), it does feature lightweight carbon fiber construction to make it as stiff and rigid as possible. Under the seats the pan is constructed from resin-sandwiched aluminium honeycomb and then bonded and bolted to the tubular and square section beneath.
TVR said the aerodynamics of the car provided startling stability and resulted in a drag coefficient of just 0.32. While handling is at a premium, the combination of the lightweight construction and the 4.2 results in a 0-60 time of under 4 seconds and a top speed of approximately 200mph.
TVR has been up and down over the years and suffered some financial and ownership setbacks, but was under the leadership of Nikolay Smolensky, a Russian banker, when this car was built back in 2003. The company is now under the ownership of a syndicate of British businessmen led by Les Edgar who was instrumental in returning Aston Martin to endurance racing.
This 2003 TVR T440R is on sale now via Autolounge. The one and only T440R sports just 25,000 miles on the clock and is priced at a rather heady $265,000.