Delayed TVR Griffith Delayed Once More: Report

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The new TVR Griffith, which is decidedly a Good Car, has been hit with yet another delay. This is following previous delays, which involved some issues with the factory. Surprise—this most recent delay also has to do with the factory.

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A newsletter written by current TVR head Les Edgar was apparently sent to prospective owners recently, as reported by Autocar, which viewed the newsletter. The report notes that the company is reassuring its buyers of the Griffith’s ongoing road to production, since things have reportedly “gone quiet” at the automaker’s Ebbw Vale factory.

From the story:

Edgar’s newsletter reveals that TVR has now road-registered the original 2017 show car, which is believed to be the only Griffith built so far. The car will hit the road in the coming months for testing and event participation.

Significant problems remain, though. Progress on the Ebbw Vale factory has been “slower than hoped” and the building is said to need a new roof. Edgar said TVR is working with the Welsh government to resolve these issues and get the work under way.

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It’s unclear when the work will start up again.

As I said during reports of one of the previous delays, the Griffith is a car worth waiting for, longing for. It looks awesome and has a 500-horsepower V8 and a manual gearbox, for crying out loud. All of that’s coming from a low-volume, boutique automaker. You can’t really expect them to have everything airtight immediately. Indeed to some, that might even be part of the charm.

We first laid eyes on the new Griffith in person at the 2017 Goodwood Revival. It’s stunning in real life and a little wild to think that in two years, it is likely still the only Griffith that exists.

Originally, we were promised a delivery date of “early 2019.” Obviously, that didn’t happen. It’s now been pushed back to the beginning or middle of this year. Assuming, of course, the company can finally get production off the ground. Here’s to hoping.

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We have reached out to TVR for comment and will update if we hear back.

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So, okay, real talk time here...

TVR’s backers and the people in charge know what they’re doing. They’re not idiots who have convinced themselves they can build any car company from scratch in a week.

The newsletter says pretty clearly that they are making excellent progress on the car. They’ve inked a new, firmer deal with Ford to supply the latest and greatest 5.0 Coyote along with the emissions certification, plus the Cosworth bits. That means the drivetrain is a done deal.

MOST of their problems stem from not the car, but the factory itself. The roof they are referring to is not the car’s, but the place where they plan to build the car. But because the actual factory is tied up in a deal with the Welsh government who owns the land and building, plus government investment in the venture, that makes fixing something like a leaky roof a whole thing. Add to that that it’s an old factory and in the course of fixing it up they’ve had multiple incidents where they had to shut EVERYTHING down for a time because of unknown toxins, surprise asbestos, and strange life forms in old water storage tanks.

Remember that they are NOT working with a new building. Part of why TVR is likely to succeed in this resurrection (barring economic colla-aw fuck) is in part because they’re refurbishing an existing car plant to save money and also using government . However, no small part of the delays here is because that means they have to have EU-wide open bidding for work, while the Welsh Minister for Economy and Transport demands his buddy’s contracting firm get all the work and throwing a hissy when that’s not how it works.

Basically all of the delays have been everything but issues with the car. I mean, it’s still gonna have issues - it’s a British car after all - but they basically have the product ready to build. They just don’t have somewhere to build it.

If they’d just waited for Brexit, I’m sure they could have gotten one of Ford or BMW’s factories in much better shape for a song.