TVR, the historic English brand working on a completely new factory

TVR, the historic English brand working on a completely new factory
Anyone who in recent years has ever played one of the titles of Gran Turismo, the famous car racing game developed for Sony PlayStationa> consoles by Polyphony Digital, will surely remember TVR, a famous British sports car brand. Founded in 1947 by British entrepreneur Trevor Wilkinson in Blackpool, England, TVR has been developing lightweight sports cars with both coupé and spyder bodies for decades.

Over the years, due to too high production costs to the reduced market demand, the company has undergone several leadership changes and now, decades later, the company seems ready to give birth to a new car model. Announced in 2017, initially expected for 2019 and subsequently postponed to 2021, the future Griffith could finally see the light in a few months.

According to what is reported by some authoritative sources, such as Autocar, numerous are in progress restructuring and modernization of the English factory dedicated to the production of brand new vehicles. The renovations would have started last March, in full Covid-19 emergency, following the inclusion of the new CEO Jim Berriman, a former employee of Rover and a key figure in the launch of the Range Rover Mk3. Once the works are completed, production is expected to be around 2,000 units per year: a very high number of cars for a small company of just 80 employees like TVR.

Griffith 2021, the sports car that will relaunch the historic British brand, will be based on multimaterial front-engine and rear-wheel drive mechanics with a steel structure and carbon fiber panels. The low weight, of about 1,250 kg, combined with the 5-liter Ford V8 engine (Mustang GT) capable of developing about 500 HP should ensure true supercar numbers. The declared performances suggest a time of less than 4 seconds for 0-100 km / h acceleration and a maximum speed in the order of 320 km / h.

According to the first rumors, following the base model of Griffith will follow its variant without the roof and a lighter model with superior performance and mainly dedicated to use on the track. Few information about the price but some rumors assume a list cost of about 100 thousand euros perfectly in line with the TVR Sagaris, the car from which it is inspired.