TVR’s decision to base its new manufacturing plant beside the Circuit of Wales at Ebbw Vale, about 25 miles north of Newport, should prove to be quite a coup, if everything goes according to plan.

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The company’s chairman, Les Edgar, known over many years as a lover of very fast, very powerful cars, has consistently said the new generation of TVRs he’s building will need to be developed in a place which has easy access to a race circuit.

He and his partners have lots of experience of existing TVRs and are well aware that the new models will rapidly become track-day favourites and will be expected to be considerably quicker than previous-generation cars were in their day.

The perfect roads for testing

Another major advantage is that TVR’s development engineers will have ready access to the wonderful roads that criss-cross the region, which should further ensure the new TVRs make fine road machines.

Autocar has been testing cars of all types on these roads for more than 20 years and well knows that while the roads are inspiring and scenic, their changeability can also subject any car’s suspension to the severest examination.