TVR is paving the ground for the launch of a new sports car, which could mark the return of the Griffith name.
Les Edgar and his investors could be called a bunch of hopefuls in thinking that they can bring back the iconic British sports car brand TVR, a company which never exuded financial stability, under any of its former ownerships.
However, since the name does genuinely mean something to automotive fans, and they don't plan to change much in bringing their cars back onto the radar, it may very well just work out.
As it turns out, there's a whole lot more behind the message "Never Say Never" that recently appeared on the defunct TVR brand's website, than we originally thought, as the company has reportedly been sold to new owners based in London.
Famed British sports car maker TVR was never the kind of automaker that had its future assured, and that’s why it changed hands several times before finally giving up the ghost in 2012, when its owner, Russian businessman Nikolay Smolenski, announced that it would not be financially-viable for the company to make a new model, and after having split it into several subsidiaries, went bankrupt.
Now, however, it could be coming back, and this is not speculation based on “an unnamed inside source,” as they actually say it on the site, albeit indirectly. Apparently, it was changed sometime between May 1 and 23, when the current background image was added, reading “Never say never…”
Only the rare Lamborghini Reventon Roadster and the 1,200PS (1,180bhp) Bugatti Veyron Super Sport meeting up on the road are a good enough reason for gearheads to celebrate, but in this video clip recorded close to the East Midlands Airport in England, you will discover a few more rarities from the world of superfast cars.
Besides a couple more Lamborghinis, including a Murcielago, there's also a Mercedes-Benz CLK AMG DTM Coupe and a TVR Sagaris – and they're all travelling together on public roads at speeds we assume aren't exactly legal…
A livery service Lincoln Town Car that was used as a taxi smashed into a luxury car shop in the Mid-City area of Los Angeles on Wednesday morning leaving one person injured and causing damages to the building and at least two supercars, a Ferrari F430 Spider and a rare TVR Tuscan S.
According to authorities, the driver of the Lincoln taxi pulled out an injured female passenger from the rear seat and left her near the Specialty Car Craft shop in the 1800 block of South La Cienega Boulevard before he fled the scene on foot. The female passenger of the Lincoln was taken to the hospital.
The fifteen finalists in the Silverstone Classic’s, “Best British Sports Car of All Time” vote-in have been announced, and boy is there some choice picks. Before we get to that though, can I just point out a misnomer in using the, “of All Time” qualifier?
This assumes (prophetically?) that Britain will not be making any more sports cars in the future, whereas, “Best British Sports Car So Far” would be a far more accurate description. But enough with semantics: who are our lucky finalists? Read on….
Simply put, historically-British baby-Russian-oligarch-owned TVR is planning a resurgence of the world-wide kind. Rumors are that the new TVR model, whatever it's going to be called, will be powered by an American engine and may even debut at this year's Goodwood festival of Speed.
As for those American power trains, anything GM and V8 comes to mind as most-likely in this day and age, although TVR has been known to source from Ford in the past.
Why American? No doubt the crate engines would end up saving the company a ton of dough in development costs and reliability issues (wasn't the Chevy small-block designed by Christ himself?).
Supposedly the goal is to have a sports car on the market for £70,000+, which would end up pitting it against the likes of 911s and R8s. Considering that TVRs have never exactly been the spitting image of reliability, it seems like this is going to be one major underdog (and no doubt more visually polarizing that either of VW's sports cars).
Either way, as a Russian-owned, British-branded, American-powered, and possibly German-built sports car (Pistonheads reports that parts are already on their way to the Fatherland), the next generation of TVR is bound to be an international sports car of epic proportions.
- By Phil Alex
Even though we believe that, judging by these photos, Niels' 1:5 scale model needs some more work to show its full potential, we like his clean design approach that avoids any unnecessary or gaudy styling gimmicks yet at the same time is clearly recognizable as a TVR product.
Well, at least that's our opinion. As always, we welcome yours in the comment section below.
My graduation project consisted of both interior- and exterior design of an eco friendly TVR sports car, named Artemis.
The TVR history and brand identity inspired me, but it was mainly the absolutely unique design-DNA of their last models which triggered me to revitalise the TVR design language. This DNA is referred to as feminine curves. Unlike most sports car manufacturers which choose to style their cars rather muscular and aggressively, TVR was unique in their approach to automotive design in choosing for elegance and grace.
Despite the company's bankruptcy in 2006, I decided to base my project on this brand.
Feminine curves are found throughout the design of Artemis. For instance, the typical TVR slit at the door continues gracefully in the a-pillar. This three dimensional approach to shut lines can be found as well at the nose and rear end of the car. The slits hide the head- and taillights.
During the day you will see clean body work, at night unique LED signature lighting. The interior styling is executed likewise. The controls are hidden in openings in the dashboard, so the surfaces stay clean.
The power to weight ratio has always been important to TVR. The Artemis has been fitted with four electro in-hub motors, powered by hydrogen fuel cells. This solution offers low weight, because of the lack of heavy engine and fluids, and a quick acceleration because electro motors deliver instant power.
In the engine bay a spoiler system can be found, providing downforce. The air coming in at the front of the car is being directed over this spoiler. It also feeds the fuel cells and the in-hub motors for cooling.
All Photos Niels van Roij