Our pals over at Top Gear got first dibs on a teaser picture of TVR’s upcoming V8, carbon-fiber chassi’d, 0-60 in under 4 seconds sports car. I think it looks pretty good, and feels like a modern TVR.
We’ve seen a teaser shot of the car’s big-ass side-exiting exhausts already, and based on this shot, the front end appears to have an updated version of that classic ‘60s-era sports car fish-mouth look, which is something I’m quite fond of. In some ways, you could look at the front end as a sort of an update to the look of the TVR Griffith, last built in 2002.
The interview TG has with Les Edgar, the head of the consortium that bought TVR, reveals some very interesting things about the upcoming car. To people who remember old TVRs, this should be welcome news:
We’ve done massive amounts of computer modelling on this. We’ve also done accelerated salt water corrosion tests. It won’t rust.
A non-rusting TVR! What a glorious age we live in!
Also notable is this quote, which seems to suggest that the reborn TVR will attempt to get back to the old TVR character, which was less about perfection and more about the idiosyncratic and wonderful quirkiness that was once TVR:
Sports cars used to be unique, they used to have foibles. Now it’s difficult to tell them apart. TVR did that brilliantly. We are the under-dog challenging everybody, whether on the road or the race-track. The passion drives us on. It sounds trite, but it’s true. If you haven’t got that, you’ll build a competent car, but you won’t build a TVR.
I think this is great news. We don’t need another perfect supercar that does everything right. I’m very curious to see how this turns out.