There’s been some talk and not much action surrounding the TVR brand since the storied British sports car marque shuttered its doors in Blackpool, England back in 2006. Russian oligarch Nikolai Smolenski drove the brand further into the ground with his lack of execution, at various points announcing intentions to introduce a new car with a small-block Corvette V-8, another with hybrid power and an automatic transmission, and finally plans to abandon cars altogether in favor of electricity-generating wind turbines.
Now out of Smolenski’s grasp and in the hands of a well-funded ownership team, the apparent future of TVR will start with a new sports car endowed with a Gordon Murray design and Cosworth-sourced V-8 engine. The car will be aimed at the traditional TVR buyers, who favor simplicity, light weight, and serious performance. It will be a two-seat, rear-wheel-drive affair with a manual transmission and a brawny, dry-sumped Cosworth V-8 engine up front.
Gordon Murray Design will be supplying the design, using the company’s patented iStream manufacturing technology. The method employs Formula 1-derived technology that’s focused on strong, lightweight vehicles requiring significantly reduced factory space than traditional manufacturing. iStream has already been showcased on the T25 and T27 microcars as well as the Yamaha Motiv.e city-car concept.
“TVR is an iconic brand which has been an important part of British sports car manufacturing for many decades,” said Gordon Murray in a statement. “Its return to manufacturing is an exciting development and the car deserves the best chassis and powertrain that can possibly be delivered.”
TVR claims that development of this first new model has been active for over a year, and that the entire project will be designed, engineered, and built in Britain. Where exactly this new factory will be located is still up in the air, but TVR says it plans to bring out at least four new models in the next ten years. TVR is confident it will be competitive in its segment, where it will be priced and positioned at the same place where the Sagaris and Typhon left off at around £55,000.
TVR’s rebirth begins in 2017, when the first cars are expected to reach production.