A few days ago, TVR placed a teaser image on its official webpage announcing what appeared to be a possible revival of the brand. Today, the teaser image changed and it says: "The distant rumble of rumors has turned to thunder and TVR is back in Britain!"
Along with this teaser image, Les Edgar - the marque’s incoming director - has offered new details in an official interview with Top Gear. Edgar said he purchased the TVR name from the former Russian owner, Nikolai Smolenski, and now has plans for the sports car brand. He also promised that the new TVR "won’t make the mistakes that have been made in the past."
Edgar is best known for developing video games and reintroducing Aston Martin to GT racing, so you can say he has plenty of knowledge to pull off this revival. As a result, the TVR name will be kept in the automotive sphere. "We bought TVR for what it is, and we don’t want to dilute that. We want to build on the DNA, and that’s unlikely to apply to anything but cars."
More details on this revival will be announced in the upcoming weeks.
Click past the jump to read more about the TVR Sagaris - the last model built under previous ownership.
In 2011, rumors were flowing that TVR was preparing for a comeback , but we haven’t heard anything since then. Well, at least not until today, when TVR placed a sort of teaser image on its official webpage. It’s true the teaser doesn’t outright mention a comeback, but that "Never say never" promise is pretty leading.
To be completely honest with you, this change of mood is quite surprising, considering that TVR said on its official page last month that it won’t develop any new model and that all it will support "the owners of TVR sports cars by ensuring supply of spares and the development of alternative drivetrains."
In 2012, TVR owner, Nikolai Smolensky, said that developing a new model won’t be financially viable for the company and sent the company into bankruptcy.
If the above image is, in fact, a teaser of a return, we can’t help but wonder what could have changed in the mean time? Maybe we will find out soon, so stay tuned!
Prior to his death, ex-TVR owner, Peter Wheeler, decided that despite the fact that he no longer owned TVR , he still had the fire to build wild and crazy cars. From that fire began the project that he dubbed the Scamander, which is named after the Greek river god. This amphibious machine came to life just before Wheeler’s death, but it was a very rough machine that still needed a lot of work to be perfect.
After his death, Wheeler’s wife and a group of engineers completed Wheeler’s project and made it into something that Wheeler would have been proud of. This RRV, as Wheeler called it, has a V-6 turbocharged engine that cranks out about 300 horsepower and is said to hit 60 mph in eight seconds. To boot, it has an impeller on its rear end for propulsion in the wet stuff. This impeller certainly beats the rear wheel-mounts paddles that were on the original prototype Scamander.
Image note: The images provided are of the concept version of the Scamander.
TVR hasn’t brought anything new to the market since 2006, but rumors have flourished in the past couple of years stating that the company was preparing for a comeback with a Corvette-engined roadster . Until now those rumors were just the flapping of gums, but it looks like the British manufacturer is headed back to the market with models from their old line-up.
TVR has announced they will be starting to build Sagaris, Tuscan, Tuscan MK II, Cerbera, Chimaera, and Griffith models to individuals’ specifications. All of the cars will be powered by a new 6.2 liter V8 engine with an output of 426 HP and 420 lb/ft of torque. The engine will be mated to an enforced 5 gear gearbox at a fixed price.
TVR has also promised that the Tuscan MK II Convertible set to be reborn will be the fastest factory convertible. It will be capable of hitting a top speed of 187mph with an open top.
Back in April we reported that TVR was preparing a new Corvette-engined model , and it seems that they have been quietly working on it ever since. Now that the model is taking a little more shape, Nikolai Smolenski, owner of the British sports car company, is back in the news providing more details for his comeback car.
The new model, called the MD-1, will be based on the Tuscan convertible and will be powered by a Corvette sourced 6.2 liter V8 engine with an output of 638 HP. From the Tuscan, the MD-1 will borrow the fabric hood and the windscreen, but all of the other elements of the car will be changed in order to make a "clear departure from TVR’s past."
"Production will be outsourced. We have received offers from Jimmy Prize in South Africa and plenty of others from England. [...] I would naturally prefer to work with firms such as Caterham or Lotus, but it’s unlikely that the former would be able to do it, and the latter wouldn’t represent good value for money. But it’s equally possible that I wouldn’t go back to the UK at all, and could set myself up somewhere in Germany," said Smolenski.
Next to the MD-1, TVR is also preparing a three-seat MD-2 that will be revealed a few years later. An MD-3 may also be in the works and will be "totally different and more imposing" according to Smolenski.
The MD-1 will go on sale in spring 2012, and will be limited to 250 units a year.
Ownership of TVR has changed hands a couple of times, with the future of the company changing with each signature placed on the dotted line. Recently, sometime in June 2010, it was announced that TVR would be working together with Gullwing - a specialist German firm - to prepare a new model that would start production in September 2010. Well, here we are in September, and we haven’t heard a thing about the new model.
Turns out, Jurgen Mohr – a former TVR owner and now Gullwing chief - and TVR boss Nikolai Smolenski were unable to reach an agreement on the terms of the new model and so TVR has decided to move along on its own. Its creation is said to be a roadster model featuring a Corvette V8 engine.
Apparently, the new model will be designed by TVR man, David Martin, and will most likely be built in UK, but TVR secretary James Oxley said "we’re keeping our options open."
As for the engine to be placed under the hood, Smolenski said "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."
Who remembers the Spice Girls? We know we do, but while most of the girls have gone on to live normal lives after the band, Posh Spice, also known as Victoria Beckham, has gone on to more glamorous things.
Over on that auctioning giant eBay, there is a new car for sale that once belonged to the wife of English football superstar David Beckham. The car is a TVR Cerbera that was built to the personal specifications of Mr. Beckham.
The English built sports car has been in dry storage as a part of a private collection for the last six years and wears the number VRM: W8 TVR. The body is covered in Crystal Topaz, which is a very rare pearlescent blue that was picked out by Victoria. The interior is covered in magnolia leather with Royal Blue Stitching.
Some of the options include a six-disc CD auto-changer, 18-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning, privacy glass and an ice detector. Under the hood is a 4.5-liter V8 with 420 horsepower and 380 pound feet of torque. When pushed to the limit, the car can hit 60 miles per hour in just 3.8 seconds and on to 195 mph.
So, hop on over to eBay to place your bid on this very precious ride.
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.”
The new model will be built by Gullwing, which currently makes the AC MkVI , the successor to theAC Cobra. A prototype version will be unveiled at Goodwood’s Moving Motor Show in July.
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."
We’ll have to wait and see if TVR will be able to survive without its previous owner, Peter Wheeler and his Cerbera, Tuscan, Typhon, or Griffith. We’ll just call this round 2 of Smolenski’s attempt.
Despite not being a household name, TVR has – over the years – picked up quite a niche following and if there’s any truth to current rumors surrounding the Russian sports car maker, then TVR is finally set to make its debut on the world stage.
According to Pistonheads, TVR is getting ready to debut their new sports car with the Goodwood Festival of Speed being pegged as the event TVR is targeting for the launch of their brand new ride.
Details are still a little sketchy at this point, but we do know that the car is, for one, expected to be built in Germany. Two, it will bump out a price of around $120,000, making it a likely challenger to the more established Porsche 911 s and Audi R8 s, and three, the new TVR sportscar is likely to have either a Ford or GM-sourced engine, most likely a V8 ’crate engine’, with a total output of 500 hp. This decision has been made in order to save millions in development and homologation costs.
As soon as new developments arise, we’ll be sure to update all of you.
In today’s world of digital technology, it seems that - now more than ever – there’s an increasing number of young designers that are slowly getting into digital car design.
With the advent of computer softwares that specialize on virtual design, young students like Niels van Roij have been given the opportunity to showcase their works beyond their own classrooms. As part of his final project at the Design Academy Eindhoven in the Netherlands, Roij squeezed juices to come up wth a design proposal for a new TVR sports car.
Calling his creation the ‘TVR Artemis’ - if you know your mythology, Artemis is the goddess of hunt, childbirth, virginity and fertility - Roij created a sports car that comes with a clean and sleek design. Unlike other car designs that we’ve seen in the past that have the propensity to go over-the-top, Roij’s design doesn’t lend itself to exaggerated styling gimmicks and instead sticks to a clean and classy look that maintains the standard design of what a TVR sports car looks like.
We don’t know if TVR is willing to pick up Roij’s design for the Artemis, but if the struggling British sports car maker is looking to bring in fresh ideas to their fold, then taking Roij’s styling into consideration might not be that bad of an idea.