New TVR to launch at 2017 Goodwood Revival
7 September, 2017
Surely there can be no better event to launch TVR’s comeback motor – a-sure-to-be future classic – than the biggest classic car celebration of the year?
TVR has announced that its highly-anticipated 2017 model will be launched at Goodwood Revival in September, to coincide with the company's 70th anniversary celebrations.
The iconic British sports car manufacturer has spent 12 years out of the spotlight, having last released the TVR Sagaris in 2005.
As an event that celebrates the halcyon of motoring culture, this new high-performance model will be the first ever brand spanker to be launched at the iconic festival since its inception in 1998.
TVR says the motor will be the most compact in its class without compromising interior comfort. The 2017 model measures just 4300mm long (199mm less than a Porsche 911), and 1271mm tall, which is 43mm less than a Jaguar F-Type.
The vehicle has a 5.0-litre V8-powered engine, developed by Cosworth. It boasts 400 brake horse power, top speeds of 200mph, and acceleration at 0 to 60mph in less than four seconds.
The first 500 “launch editions”, priced at £90,000, are already selling fast on pre-order after a series of private reveals, a spokesman for the company has confirmed to website autocar.co.uk.
F1 engineering to the retail market
TVR chairman Les Edgar says the manufacturer is at the forefront of making the carbon fibre chassis production method more readily available.
“Historically, carbon fibre has been reserved for motorsport and high-end supercars.. But now TVR will be offering customers a slice of that technology at a fraction of the price,” he said.
Gordon Murray Design, whose namesake chief is the man behind the McLaren F1 road car, is behind TVR’s new lightweight super coupé that weighs in at just 1,200kg.
Murray, a South African visionary in motor engineering, says it became apparent in the early stages of development that it was possible to produce a low-cost carbon fibre chassis structure for the new TVR.
"Our iStream Carbon technology is the world’s first affordable, yet high volume, carbon fibre chassis and body structure and sets new standards in the automotive industry for chassis lightweighting, rigidity and safety,” he said.
"I am delighted that TVR is able to offer a carbon fibre option and bring the lightweight TVR principle back to life in a very exciting contemporary way."
The 3-day Goodwood Revival festival takes place September 8-10 at the Goodwood Circuit in Chichester, Essex.