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TVR's Relaunch Is One Step Closer, New Car Will Get Optional Carbon Fiber Chassis

Earlier this year, we were reporting that TVR managed to pre-sell its entire scheduled production for the first year in just six weeks. From then and up until now, there was nearly complete radio silence from TVR’s new owners.
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But rest assured they didn’t run away with the money. Instead, they were actually very busy coming up with the defining touches on the first model marking the return of one of the weirdest and most loved British sports cars manufacturers.

According to Les Edgar, TVR’s chairman, most of the time since September has been spent on the finishing touches of the car’s design: “[...] so much work involved in getting everything to work together properly, to proper modern day standards of fit finish and aero, not to say legislative requirement, while at the same time doing proper justice (in all respects) to TVR's lineage and DNA.

Judging from the image provided, the new car does indeed do justice to the crazy TVR designs of old, looking just like a modern Sagaris should. Of course, this image doesn’t depict a finished product in any way, but it does give an idea about where the team is headed with its new model. “Suffice to say we're pretty happy with where we are!” says Edgar, and if he’s happy, we’re happy too.

Another important aspect for TVR that took a lot of time was to find a new home for this historic British manufacture, a place that would carry weight and that people would want to visit. It wasn’t just a decision based on cold facts like cost and logistics - no, Edgar says that the company’s home has to say something about it, it needs to be a statement of its future intent. TVR will be announcing the new location in the company’s next update that is scheduled for the first part of 2016, together with more info about the car. Stuff like basic performance figures, pricing and availability.

Speaking of performance, Edgar confirmed once again that the new TVR will be using a Cossworth V8 unit that they’ve actually fired up for the first time during this communication break. Not only that, but the engine was also installed on what will form the basis for the race car mule that was then placed on a dyno. Which it promptly broke. Promising signs.

The new TVR sports car aims for a weight of around 1,100 kg (around 2,400 lbs), but it isn’t clear if that’s the value for the cars using Gordon Murray’s new iStream Carbon production process, available as an option. However, all pre-orders will get it free of charge.

The car is expected to begin testing on the road around the Cosworth HQ in Northampton soon, so if you’re an aspiring spy photographer, grab your gear, head over to that place and send us a shot or two.

The next update should bring considerably more info on the table, including the two most important aspects: performance figures and pricing. According to Edgar, though, the new TVR will sit in a class of its own since finding “a worthy opponent” would require spending £250,000 ($370,000). That’s dangerously close to supercar territory.


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