TVR set to unveil first new model in over a decade
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British carmaker TVR will unveil a new high-performance model at the Goodwood Revival in September, the first launch by the company in more than a decade.
Only a handful of details are known about the as-yet unnamed model. It will weigh around 1200kg, and be powered by a 5.0-litre Cosworth-developed V8. An expected power output of 358kW will result in a 322km/h top speed and a 0-100km/h time of four seconds.
A limited run of 500 Launch Edition cars, priced at £90,000 (NZ$163,000), is selling fast to buyers who viewed the car at a private event.
Scheduled to coincide with the British company's 70th anniversary, the launch will be the first to take place at the Goodwood Revival in the event's 19-year history.
The 2017 TVR has been designed in conjunction with Gordon Murray, the man behind the McLaren F1. His company, Gordon Murray Design, will use its proprietary iStream carbon fibre chassis manufacturing method when the TVR goes into production - something TVR chairman Les Edgar says will make the technology available to more people.
"Historically, carbon fibre has been reserved for motorsport and high-end supercars," said Edgar.
"But now TVR will be offering customers a slice of that technology at a fraction of the price of metal. The carbon manufacturing process is a game changer, and one I'm delighted to offer to our early adopter Launch Edition customers within the package cost."
TVR have released a single image of the new model. Photo / Supplied
The carbon technology will be available as an optional extra on later cars, something TVR expects to be popular with buyers.
Murray said: "From early on, it became apparent that there was no reason why we couldn't develop a carbon fibre chassis structure for the new TVR at a lower cost than manufacturing processes previously allowed.
"The spotlight has been on us from the start, and with the help of Gordon Murray Design and its innovative processes, we have made sure that our new sports car can shine and deliver beyond expectations.
"Our iStream Carbon technology is the world's first affordable, yet high volume, carbon fibre chassis and body structure and sets new standards in the automotive industry for chassis lightweighting, rigidity and safety.
"I am delighted that TVR is able to offer a carbon fibre option and bring the lightweight TVR principle back to life in a very exciting contemporary way."
The new TVR will be built in the company's new Welsh factory.