Dead for nearly a decade, TVR has announced that it is in the early stages of developing a brand new sports car that will spearhead its return to the automotive industry.
The car is at the embryonic stage of development so concrete details are few and far between – in fact, it doesn’t even have a name yet. However, the relaunched company promises its first model will take the form of a front-mid-engined, rear-wheel drive two-seater that will be available as both a coupe and a convertible.
Gordon Murray, an engineer best known for developing the McLaren F1, has been hired to contribute to the design process. The car will be entirely new from A to Z, it will not share any components with previous TVR models, and it will make extensive use of lightweight materials like composites and aluminum in order to keep weight in check.
Power will come from a naturally-aspirated V8 engine borrowed from either Ford or General Motors. Tuned by Cosworth, the eight-cylinder is expected to send roughly 500 horsepower to the drive wheels via a six-speed manual transmission. Modern electronic driving aids such as ESP and ABS will inevitably come standard, though the car will remain a back-to-the-basics, driver-focused machine.
TVR promises it will publish more details and a few preliminary design sketches before the end of the year. Production is tentatively scheduled to kick off in 2017, though it’s too early to tell whether or not TVR will sell cars outside of the United Kingdom. Thankfully, the company’s owners have vowed to keep production in the U.K.
Company executives won’t pull a Porsche and chase all-out volume, but they are already planning on launching a second model shortly after the first car is introduced. That means, assuming everything goes according to plan, TVR will offer a four-model lineup in just a few short years.
Note: TVR 3000M pictured.