TVR Returns To Racing After More than a Decade
Will re-enter Le Mans for the first time in 13 yearsby Ciprian Florea, on
Revived by British businessman Les Edgar after decades of struggle, TVR launched in 2017 its first brand-new vehicle in 13 years. Given the company’s current condition, the second-generation Griffith will remain its sole model for a while, but TVR isn’t wasting time and is expanding its presence by returning to endurance motorsport. In an announcement made earlier this week, TVR revealed that it has teamed up with Rebellion Racing for the 2018-2019 super season of the FIA World Endurance Championship. TVR will compete in the LMP1 category, alongside five other teams, including Toyota Gazoo Racing. Rebellion Racing TVR will make its track debut during the WEC Prologue event at Circuit Paul Ricard on 6 April, marking the company’s return to motorsport for the first time in more than a decade.
Rebellion and TVR will use Oreca R-13 race cars this season, powered by Gibson 4.5-liter V-8 engines.
Rebellion and TVR will use Oreca R-13 race cars this season, powered by Gibson 4.5-liter V-8 engines. The car is finished in black and red, the traditional colors of Swiss outfit Rebellion Racing and features a big "TVR" logo on the nose. The team will race three cars. Car No. 1 will be driven by Andre Lotterer, Neel Jani, and Bruno Senna, while car No. 3 will be piloted by Thoman Laurent, Mathias Beche, and Gustavo Menezes. All drivers have solid experience in the World Endurance Championship or other racing series.
“When we resurrected the TVR brand, we knew that we wanted to achieve a return to the race track. Our partnership with Rebellion Racing allows us to achieve that goal, while bringing about valuable operational and technical knowledge, which directly transfers to our road car operation and future racing activities, said TVR chairman Les Edgar, which could mean that we may soon see a race-spec version of the Griffith.
The 2018-2019 super season, the first World Endurance Championship to stretch over 13 months, starts on May 5, 2018 at the Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium and ends on June 16, 2019, at Le Mans, in France
The 2018-2019 super season, the first World Endurance Championship to stretch over 13 months, starts on May 5, 2018 at the Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium and ends on June 16, 2019, at Le Mans, in France. This season will include two Le Mans races, with the first one scheduled on June 2017, 2018. TVR will race against ByKolles Racing Team, CEFC TRSM Racing, Toyota Gazoo Racing, DragonSpeed, and SMP Racing in the LMP1 class.
TVR is no stranger to endurance racing, having entered its first Le Mans event back in 1962. The British firm participated at Le Mans in 2003, 2004, and 2005 with race-spec versions of the Tuscan.
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