TVR fired up its new Cosworth V8 for the first time a few days ago - and discovered it had so much grunt that it overloaded the dyno.
Company bosses Les Edgar and John Chasey were visiting Cosworth’s Northampton works to view and hear a prototype of their new car’s Le Mans engine and watch it do a simulated lap of the famous circuit, but barely a minute into the test its torque output so exceeded expectations that the test equipment had to be shut down and reconfigured.
A few minutes later the re-engineered, all-alloy Ford ‘Coyote’ V8 completed its test lap in 3min 40sec - good enough to have made a TVR Cosworth-powered car a front-runner in the GT3 category at this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours.
TVR says versions of the Coyote V8 will power every version of its new Gordon Murray-designed car, with power outputs believed to range from around 450bhp to beyond 500bhp.
Every engine will be hand-assembled in Cosworth’s world-famous race shop, under the same conditions as the firm’s F1 and IndyCar race engines and by the same people.
“We thought about setting up a separate operation to build the TVR V8s,” said Cosworth technical director Bruce Wood. “But it seemed more efficient to make them the way we do all our other engines.”
Wood added that Cosworth might build a separate facility if volume increased beyond about 500 cars a year, but if that happened, the same standards would be applied.