New TVR model will be ready in two or three years' time, and will signal a rebirth of the British sports car brand
21 April 2014

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.

Read Autocar's Q&A with Les Edgar. 

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22 April 2014
Start with a large one.

22 April 2014
We have seen many British Sports cars at this stage before, and many never see production. I do hope this is different. I am also encouraged to read that they want to make them as affordable as before.

22 April 2014
How will they get around the emissions regulations coming into effect in 2015. Car manufacturers must have average CO2 emissions of 130g across their sales or they will have to pay fines to the EU. This will drop to 95g / km by 2024. The speed six engine in the Cerbera had 357g/km CO2 emissions! Even the Golf GTi Mk7 has CO2 emissions of 139g /km. They must be planning to develop hybrid or all electric power trains. Or perhaps the fines will be pretty small? Like 2K per car? I think the emissions regs were a factor in Peter Wheeler deciding to sell TVR.

22 April 2014
From 2019, the fine above 130g/km per car sold is 95 euro per g/km of co2. So a Speed Six Cerbera with 357g /km co2 will have to pay (357-130 * 95) a 21565 euro fine per car. Thats piffle for a Pagani, but for a 50k TVR thats rather a lot.

22 April 2014
Surely one of the most amazing vehicles ever!

22 April 2014
So, once again it seems lessons are not learned. How many organisations purporting to be 'car manufacturers' attempt at building cars using crate engines and fail? There are countless and I can't be bothered to list them. My question to Edgar is what will be different in the case of TVR?? Without its own bespoke engine, I wager it won't be long before this brand is swallowed up by another Administrator too, if it ever gets off the ground in the first place...

22 April 2014
I could be wrong but I think car manufacturers that make tiny numbers of cars may be exempt from the CO2 regulations. Also using engines from other manufacturers is much more sensible than building your own. Lots of successful manufacturers big and small do it - as long as they can tune it to fit with the car who cares?!! It'll be a tough ask to make much or any money on this, but using modern low volume manufacturing techniques and targeting limited succesful markets could allow someone to create a new business model. Let not dismiss these guys just yet....

22 April 2014
'Also using engines from other manufacturers is much more sensible than building your own. Lots of successful manufacturers big and small do it - as long as they can tune it to fit with the car who cares?!!' Of course, that's why the 911 has abandoned its boxer 6 for a cheaper Audi V6, and Ferrari will soon be using Fiat engines..get real; the market for sports cars does care. If it didn't we'd all be driving around in Wiessmanns, Artegas and Lotus' cars, but the reality is that purchasing cars like these is based on emotion and respect for engineering kudos and all but one mentioned above have gone down with the latter still relying on government handouts. If the car in this segment doesn't have an engine specially made for it, forget it, it won't last.

24 April 2014
Great news about TVR. What happened to it after falling onto Russian ownership was tragic. It was presumably bought as some kind of tax dodge or money laundering exercise. Certainly all the promises about expanding production and improving quality were lies. I do hope the new car will be a success and in the TVR tradition, but with added reliability ideally. I can't help thinking it would be great if it used the body of the short-lived Sagaris which I thought looked fantastically evil. As for engines, outsourcing is nothing new for TVR so shouldn't be a problem. A Jag V8 would be nice. gaco1, with regard to Porsche using Audi engines, I am not aware of that. The current 911 has a water-cooled flat-6. However, the forthcoming Macan will use Audi V6 and 4 cylinder engines. You don't think this might have anything to do with Porsche being owned by VW by any chance?

22 April 2014
Isn't often you see "motion" and "TVR" in the same sentence.


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