TVR To Reveal 200 Mph Sports Car At 2017 Goodwood Festival
From British rule to Russian ownership back in the hands of the Brits, TVR has had a long and strange history. A history wrought with bizarre engineering decisions, offbeat ergonomics, and peculiar results in performance. And as much as people say they like cars with character, TVR strayed from the non-conventional route a little too far to remain in the market as a manufacturer - so for the past four years they've largely acted as a parts and repair company much like DeLorean today. Soon they'll be revealing a new sports car. One to celebrate their 70th anniversary at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Here's a timeline of what's revealed about the car so far:
- June 3rd, 2015 - Announcement. TVR confirms they're working on a supercar with Gordan Murray's sub-contracting company. The car will be powered by a normally aspirated, dry sumped Cosworth V-8 residing in the front. It will also be manual transmission, rear wheel drive, and take the shape of a classic 2 seater British sports car. Production is set for 2017. The Chairman of TVR, Les Edgar, says they have the management and organization to expand TVR over the next 10 years.
- July 1st, 2015 - Financials and date. TVR solidifies the 2017 launch date. TVR says they'll take £5,000 deposits from interested parties and £2,500 deposits from members of the TVR Car Club as a way to celebrate 50 years of the car clubs' existence.
- January 21, 2016 - Chassis. TVR confirms the Launch Edition car will have a carbon fiber chassis designed by Gordon Murray. Using Murray's iStream manufacturing techniques, TVR claims they're able to create a carbon tub and shell at a greatly reduced cost compared to other methods. Over 300 deposits have been made so far.
- April 29, 2016 - London Motor Show. The new TVR is kept under wraps at the London motor show but its silhouette is visible to the public. Later in 2016 the full car shape is shown to those who pre-ordered the car.
- June 5th, 2017 - Figures and Reveal Time. TVR sets the car's weight at 2,645 lbs (1,200 kg), top speed over 200 mph, 0-60 mph in under 4 seconds, displacement at 5 liters, horsepower at an estimated 530 bhp, price at £90,000 ($115,000 USD), and a limited quantity of 500. TVR plans to do a full reveal on September 8-10 at the 2017 Goodwood Revival.