A Brand New TVR has been Announced and will Arrive in 2017!
Once upon a time TVR was the 3rd largest specialised sports car manufacturer in the world. But, production sadly ceased in 2005 … until now! A brand new TVR has been announced!
TVR began in 1947 in Blackpool founded by Trevor Wilkinson, ‘TVR’ represents the founder by taking the consonants of his first name. The last TVR to be produced was the TVR T400R with the last one manufactured in 2005. Now a new TVR will hit the roads in 2017 just in time for TVR's 70th anniversary.
The new TVR will not be built in Blackpool though, it will be manufactured in Ebbw Vale, Wales. The Welsh Government is supporting TVR by investing £30 million. TVR production will create 150 jobs and is the perfect place considering the new ‘Circuit of Wales’ that is due to be built and ready by 2018. The Circuit of Wales is the name given to the new track being built in Blaenau Gwent. Over 830 acres this new site will house the main Moto GP hosting circuit as well as tracks for driver training and technology centres for motorsport related business. This is great news for Wales, which is fast becoming the place of choice for car manufacturers, after Aston Martin announced the production of their new DBX cross-over would be in the Vale of Glamorgan.
TVR has already received 350 advance orders which exceeds their estimated first year production of 200 vehicles. In TVR’s 10 year plan, 4 new models are expected to be introduced and production is predicted to rise to 2,000 units per year by 2022.
There are very few details available at the moment about the new TVR. So far we expect prices to be around £55,000 and we know the engine will be an enhanced Ford V8 tuned by Cosworth. The range of vehicles produced will be based on a classic British 2 seat sports car providing competition to Jaguar’s F-Type. It will also rival the Porsche 911 and Ferrari California as performance will be at a similar level, but at a much more affordable cost.
When TVR announced a return in 2015 it was revealed the TVR would be designed in collaboration with Gordon Murray Design. Because of this collaboration the new TVR will be the first production vehicle on our roads manufactured using iStream technology.
What is iStream Technology?
iStream uses Formula One Technology to create a vehicle that exceeds current Euro NCAP passenger and pedestrian impact regulations. A single production line can be used to produce a wide variety of vehicles. The iStream process creates the chassis, called the iFrame, by using precision laser cutting walled steel tubes that are welded together. The iFrame includes all mounting points needed e.g. for the suspension and engine, as well as occupant seating. The outer body of the vehicle is made from iPanels. iPanels consist of natural fibre or glass, so these can be shaped easily eliminating the need for presses. Two layers of iPanels sandwich a honeycomb structure that provides incredible strength.
Other manufacturers may soon see the benefits of iStream as 60% less energy is used compared to a traditional manufacturing plant. Vehicles produced are lightweight improving economy and performance and the space needed for production is claimed to be 20% of the space currently used. Formula One Technology is being driven off the racetrack on onto our roads.
Are you looking forward to the return of the TVR?
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24 March 2016
Written by Natalie Faughy