Revived British sports car brand TVR used this week’s 2016 London Motor Show for its first official appearance.
At the show, which itself is enjoying its own revival this year, TVR presented a cloaked version of a new sports car due in 2017. The car will be a front-engined GT powered by a Cosworth-enhanced version of the 5.0-liter V-8 fitted to the Ford Motor Company [NYSE:F] Mustang GT.
TVR says it’s saving the reveal for those customers who already placed deposits for the car sight unseen, but the company did grace us with this tape art teaser that shows a clear link with previous TVR models.
Further clues can be gathered from a previous teaser shown below that depicts an earlier iteration of the design.
The design might not be the only link the car has with TVRs of old. On its stand at the London Motor Show TVR had a 1960s-era Griffith 400 on show, a car, which like the new sports car, featured a V-8 engine sourced from Ford. Later versions of the Griffith even match the 5.0-liter capacity of the new car. This suggests TVR might be planning to revive its classic nameplate.
The new sports car will be the first car to utilize iStream construction devised by legendary Formula One race car design Gordon Murray, and the first batch will be a special Launch Edition featuring pricier iStream Carbon construction. This differs from regular iStream construction in that it uses carbon fiber instead of conventional materials, yet the production process is fully mechanized so mass production techniques can still be used instead of the finicky processes typical for producing things in carbon fiber.
TVR says it has more than 350 deposits which should keep it busy at least until the end of 2018. In the longer term, the company plans three additional models and is hopeful of producing around 2,000 cars per year by 2022. Production will take place at a new plant to be established in Wales, close to where Aston Martin is also setting up a new plant.
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