The Goodwood Revival 2017 is being held from Friday 8 September until Sunday 10 September. Goodwood this year is not only about the automobile enthusiast being able to indulge in all things retro though, as 2017 will see TVR reveal its new sports car – the first time a new car has been unveiled at the show. The reveal will be part of the TVR 70th anniversary celebrations, and also include a display of past heritage TVRs.
TVR’s eagerly anticipated new special edition (just 500 models for the launch run) 5 litre V8 Cosworth-engined sports car will weigh in at just 1,200kg with a 0-60 of less than 4 seconds and a top speed of around 200mph with 400bhp. Prices will start at around £90,000.
The new sports car will quite possibly be built at a new Ebbw Vale factory with initial orders being closed very soon for these launch models. Though books will open again at a later date following the launch. The car will be among the smallest in class, with dimensions of just 4.3m in length and 1.27m in height.
The TVR press and marketing machine has been teasing the press and public for some time now, trickling information to boost the anticipation; at last year’s London Motor Show the company revealed (kind of) the shape of the new sports car in the form of a scale model under a cover – which they did not remove.
What we know so far
While full specs are not available yet, the launch edition will employ the use of carbon fibre for the chassis, with this as an option for future models of the vehicle.
The carbon fibre manufacturing process is called iStream (yes, another ‘i’ placed in front of a word to give it that modern, technical feel. Surely the backlash to such Apple-style naming is now imminent and will instantly date such named processes and automobiles).
No ‘i’ (I hope) for the car name though, as Les Edgar, Chairman of TVR Group, has hinted that the car will make use of one of the already existing iconic names in TVR history – be that Chimaera, Griffin or Tuscan, we don’t yet know.
TVR is a reborn brand following Edgar ‘s acquisition in 2013. The company will now be using Cosworth developed powertrains and the input of Surrey based Gordon Murray Design who is responsible for the iStream process, which makes use of Formula One technology to enable high volume, weight shaving production of automotive carbon fibre.
All is looking well for the troubled TVR brand at last, and with more models planned for the future, we look forward to the Goodwood reveal.