In the 1990’s and into the early 2000’s, TVR developed a reputation for building cars that not only pushed the boundaries of sanity but also went against what the rest of the sports car world was doing. Building outlandish cars was TVR’s greatest strength, and also their biggest weakness – and by 2006 sales had slumped and their manufacturing facility in Blackpool closed its doors for good. However, things are now looking like they’re on the up. TVR is back, and they’re inching closer to starting production of a new model. They’ve even got a place to build it.
TVR confirmed on Tuesday that it will open a factory in Wales, where it intends to start production on the new vehicle in 2017. At this stage it isn’t clear whether TVR will build a new factory, or operate out of a existing facility, but the company says it will be located in Ebbw Vale, Wales, and employ 150 people.
TVR’s new car is set to use a Cosworth-tuned version of the “Coyote” 5.0L V8 found in the Ford Mustang GT. They intend to use a carbon fibre chassis produced with help from McLaren F1 designer Gordon Murray’s new iStream process, which will enable them to manufacture carbon fibre components more affordably. Despite the fact that the car hasn’t been shown yet, TVR says it has accepted 250 deposits for the vehicle, or the entire scheduled production run for 2017.
Except the rendering of the vehicle which TVR released (above) ended up being a slightly reworked third-party rendering, originally produced by Autocar’s Jim Holder (below). TVR later admitted to using Holder’s image and said it wasn’t meant to reveal any actual production details, but instead merely give clients a view of what their car might look like. This revelation really does make you wonder how far along the new car’s development really is.
TVR’s new factory is said to be down the road from the under-construction Circuit of Wales. While the track is being built to hold MotoGP races, it seems like it could be used as a development circuit for TVR. But some skepticism is necessary here. TVR hasn’t built a car in 10 years and it has many challenges ahead of itself before putting a new car on the road.
We’d like to see TVR return as much as any other car enthusiast would, but we’ll believe it once we actually see it.