I see that TVR are now saying that the new car will be ready in 18 months. Excuse my cynicism, but isn't that what they said about 18 months ago? Oh, and of course that depends on them raising another £25 milion in funding. On the bond market. I reckon the terms for those bonds will be pretty steep....
By 2022, will there really be a market for a 5 litre Ford engined V8 sports car (that is now said to be going to cost £100k)? Or maybe, following the rules on contra-investment, as there may well be no other newly released V8 sports cars by then, they might sell thousands and thousands.
I do wish them well, but I can't help thinking this is not going to turn out well.
Quite a good idea though - all the loons could get a few cars built on some sort of ultra adaptable line, and there would be 2000hp hybrid super SUV’s everywhere. The Donkernator could finally hit production.
Nothing's up with the M3, it's just that I would honestly be tempted to change it for a Mustang Mach 1 for a different kind of V8 experience.
One of the few criticisms that you can level at the M3 is that it doesn't sound enough like a traditional V8 and it's rather quiet in the cabin unless you cane it. I suspect that all the current V8 Mustangs have a more exhuberant vocal character.
The latest ones with the sports exhaust are pretty loud, the one we had for a week last year did sound very good and there was a lot to like. The automatic gearbox and all season tyres weren't good, but overall we really liked it.
maybe it's my naivity, but I think the problem they've had is this desire to make a splash with volume numbers for what is a niche market. What was TVR making at it's high point? 2, 3000 cars a year? but it took the best part of 20 years under Peter Wheeler to get there. Like Mark & Pete said, starting with refurbished/updated Wheeler era cars and working with the existing specialists such as Str8six would have made sense and got the money coming in..
TVR already own the parts business under the TVR Heritage banner. They have dealers signed up as official TVR service centres. As far as I know, Dom at TVR Power bought lots of tooling and the rights to the engines when they folded. I may be wrong on that. What I do know is that he wanted nothing to do with the new TVR as a Service Centre. The deal was very one sided from what I gather.
The Tuscan is indeed still a great design that if released today would look fresh and modern. The other cars from that era (T350 etc) are a bit meh in comparison. The only other one that came close was the Sagaris but that always felt a bit fussy like they were trying too hard at the time.
I always loved the Griffith, Chaemera and Cerbera but Mark's experience of ownership was quite eye opening to the potential mechanical and structural flaws that were built into them. As a car they look great, sound great and go like stink. But as an ownership proposition they must be incredibly frustrating. I know that an epic drive will quickly bring forgiveness but the new TVRs will have to get the quality nailed down a lot better because buyers of new cars like that these days wont accept a chassis that rots in less than a decade.
The cost to produce and weld it in stainless would be prohibitive. Good replacement chassis are powder coated.
In hindsight, I should have had mine painted with 2k epoxy instead of powder coat. The reason I struggled to sell it was that the powder coating was failing again.
The original powder coating on this one had failed around all the joints so they had dangerously corroded. The new one had an electrostatically applied coating that was baked off in the oven. Supposedly better than the original TVR one.
We used to employ TVR's former machine shop manager and he said they were a distinctly odd company in the way they went about things.
If you let me stay I promise to be a (slightly)less argumentative bastard from now on.