The new TVR sports car will be offered with the innovative carbonfibre manufacturing process developed by car designer Gordon Murray, it has been revealed.
Murrary's iStream Carbon system was revealed in October last year and was first shown on the Yamaha Sports Ride Concept sports car at the Tokyo motor show. The system, which is an evolution of Murray's earlier iStream process, features carbonfibre panels bonded to a tubular steel frame. The system is understood to bring significant weight savings, or can add strength to a car's structure.
While Murray's iStream chassis is already very strong, TVR is understood to be leaning towards the extra strength advantage rather than weight savings - something which could be neccessary if the sports car is to acheive its target of around 400bhp/tonne. Development mules for the new car will enter testing in the next few months, ahead of the car's launch in 2017.
TVR has also confirmed that it will offer a special 'launch edition' of its upcoming sports car, which will feature the iStream Carbon technology as standard. After that, owners will be able to specify the technology as a cost option. The standard car will still be constructed using the iStream process, but will feature glass-reinforced plastic panels.
More than 300 people are known to have placed deposits for the new TVR. Company chairman Les Edgar said: "The response has been fantastic. With deposits continuing to flow in, we will be looking to close the order book for the Launch Edition car shortly. Our intent is to unveil the styling of the new car in the coming months at a public event, although we will be conducting car clinics before then. There will be an opportunity for deposit holders to register interest if they would like to participate."