The reborn TVR is about to open an R&D centre in the south of England as a prelude to launching a new model in two to three years’ time.
The sports car company has been revived by a consortium of British car lovers, brought together by computer game millionaire Les Edgar, who last year bought TVR’s rights and assets from former Russian owner Nikolai Smolenski. Edgar’s group spent months negotiating and then establishing its supremacy over rival UK claimants.
Edgar said the main task since has been to line up the engineers, designers and suppliers needed to build “modest quantities” of cars in the UK. British manufacture is vital to the car’s appeal, the partners believe.
“We have detailed concept designs,” said Edgar. “We will soon be ready to commission a static prototype. We’re not yet ready to say what kind of chassis the car will have, although having investigated every likely form, from the tubular backbone chassis to a full carbonfibre tub, we’re close to making a decision.”
No final decision has been made about a base powertrain. Edgar said it is likely to be an outsourced engine but insists it will be configured to be a typical TVR powerplant in terms of sound and throttle response. A comeback for the Speed Six is possible, although not immediately.
For now, the company is working on one model. One pressing job, Edgar said, is to compile a bill of materials that will provide a good guide to the new TVR’s price. The company remains determined to build “a simple but exciting car” in a bid to make the car as affordable as TVRs were.