Nikolai Smolenski didn’t have much luck when he took over TVR in 2004, but it seems this "baby oligarch" is planning a little bit of a comeback after he recovered ownership in 2007. TVR’s Russian owner announced that the company plans to build a new sports roadster that will use a Corvette engine; taking a little bit of an automaking shortcut.
“We looked at every engine available — including making our own — and decided that the Corvette was the most powerful off-the-shelf design going. Fitting it to our chassis allows us to meet all current regulations and is not too big a step.”
Talking with AutoCar, Smolenski said that his new car will have a modified version of the traditional steel backbone chassis and all-independent suspension, same as all previous TVR models.
Also in TVR’s future plans there is a hybrid concept: "I always wanted an automatic model, but the chassis wouldn’t allow either a regular auto or an automated manual. The hybrid concept would allow us to kick out the conventional gearbox completely."