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TVR Is Back In Endurance Racing With A Mean Le Mans Prototype

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British automaker TVR has a long history at Le Mans, but hasn’t actually been in motorsport for more than 10 years. That streak of inaction will end this season, since TVR announced that it’s back to race Le Mans once again—and not just Le Mans. Its car will race the entire World Endurance Championship season.

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TVR, the company that makes the Griffith street car with a 500-horsepower V8 and a manual transmission, announced Thursday that it’s entering the WEC Le Mans Prototype 1 class with Rebellion Racing for the series’ 2018-2019 “Super Season.” That means the lonesome Toyota LMP1 team will at least have another group to race against this year, after all of its manufacturer competitors left.

That was for good reason, though.

TVR posted a pixelated teaser of its new race car on Twitter Wednesday and said an official announcement would come Thursday, only to delete the tweet soon after. It wasn’t clear why the company deleted the tweet, but looking back, the teaser doesn’t look anything like the car it unveiled officially:

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The pixelated teaser photo from TVR’s Twitter account, which doesn’t look much like the car the company unveiled on Thursday.
The pixelated teaser photo from TVR’s Twitter account, which doesn’t look much like the car the company unveiled on Thursday.
Image: TVR

TVR and Rebellion Racing, which has been a top team in the WEC LMP2 class for years, will be on track publicly this weekend at WEC’s “Prologue” test at Circuit Paul Ricard in France. The car is called the R13, and two of them are entered in the season that includes the 24 Hours of Le Mans in June, according to Autosport. Only one car will be at the test in France, with six drivers taking turns.

The announcement didn’t say much about the race car itself, but we’ll see how it performs soon enough in testing this weekend. Regardless, it looks good, and looking good is always a plus—no matter how you’re actually doing on track.

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Staff writer, Jalopnik

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wheelerguy
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Rebellion. The second best privateer racing team in the world. Now back at LMP1 where they belong. Before 2013 they might have had a shot with the R-One, that’s how good I reckon they are.

The non-hybrid field is tougher, though. The bigger LMP2 teams have managed to follow Rebellion up to just the ceiling, and they want a piece of Toyota’s meat too. SMP, Manor, they all want to slay the beast. I still think only Rebellion can beat Toyota, if not for nothing other than they’ve always been in the mix before heading down in LMP2.

Right now, this is Rebellion’s biggest test. Even just 4th at Le Mans is good enough if it means they stopped the rest.