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.
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:
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.