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The TVR Sagaris is back – as a V8-powered kit car

Grex Sagaris GTDid you lust after a TVR Sagaris back in the day, but miss the (sinking) boat? Fear not: Blackpool’s last hero has now been resurrected as a kit car. Meet the Grex Sagaris GT.

Yes, TVR is back in business with a new Griffith, but it isn’t to all tastes, or indeed budgets. There’s an appeal to the old, mid-2000s TVRs that hasn’t quite translated for some. It’s those people that the new, sub-£50,000 Grex will appeal to.

First up, this isn’t a straight copy. The quirky and savage old 4.0-litre straight-six engine is gone. The car is designed to house a small-block V8 crate motor from General Motors, which you need to supply yourself. If you really want the old six-pot, you can ask them to build your kit around it.

The Grex does stay true to the Sagaris of old in that there are no electronic driving aids. If you want traction control, ABS or airbags, stick with a showroom-bought Porsche.

The joy of Grex

Grex Sagaris GT

Much like the old car, it’s going to be very rare, although we doubt that was by TVR’s initial design. Just 10 are mooted for delivery in 2019.

What’s more, any number of those are available to US customers. Unlike the original, the Grex is perfectly legal for sale and use in America. And that also means it’s available in right- and left-hand drive.

When the Sagaris was new, it was £50,000 – around £70,000 in today’s money – and it hasn’t depreciated. You’ll pay as much or well beyond that for a second-hand example. This kit, complete with £10k’s worth of LS3 V8 and transmission to suit, comes in much cheaper.

Obviously, you build it yourself. And there’s a possibility kit car life will come with running complications beyond even the realms of a TVR. But it’s a tempting proposition.

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TVR will reveal its 200mph sports car at Goodwood Revival

TVR teaserTVR’s new 200mph sports car is set to make its debut at this year’s Goodwood Revival in a special launch event on Friday morning, at 8.30am (BST).

The reborn British car manufacturer says its new motor will go on display in the ‘Earls Court’ building at the Revival, and will be appear alongside a number of heritage models celebrating the marque’s 70th anniversary.


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The born-again car firm has been drip-feeding teasers of its all-new model for the last two years, with the car already being revealed to potential customers at an exclusive event. TVR has confirmed the sports car, which could be badged ‘Griffith’, will produce more than 400hp from its Mustang-sourced 5.0-litre V8 engine and hit 60mph in less than 4.0 seconds.

The latest teaser, expected to be the final ahead of the car’s full debut, is the most revealing yet. 

TVR teaser

TVR’s chairman, Les Edgar, said: “We are incredibly excited to be unveiling the new car at the Goodwood Revival. It’s the first time a global launch of a new car has occurred at the event, and it seems an entirely appropriate place for us to do it, with the marque’s motorsport heritage and an enthusiastic audience of dedicated car fans – and in our 70th anniversary year.

“After a series of secret private viewings organised for the benefit of existing customers for the new car, we know that we have a surefire hit on our hands, and very much look forward to seeing the public reaction in September.”

Prices will start in the region of £90,000, with order books for the first 500 cars said to be nearly full – meaning TVR plans to close them in order to save a few gaps following its reveal on September 8th. The timing of the reveal could mean it appears at the Frankfurt Motor Show the following week, although this hasn’t been confirmed.

Speaking on behalf of the Goodwood Revival, Lord March said: “We are delighted that TVR will feature so strongly over the Revival weekend this year. It is entirely fitting that TVR, as such an iconic British marque, should unveil what will be a very exciting entrant to the global sports car market at our iconic British event and I very much look forward to welcoming them to the Revival in September.”

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TVR White Elephant to star at Manchester car show

TVR White ElephantA one-off TVR built for former company chief Peter Wheeler is set to star at the Footman James Classic Car Show Manchester next month.

The TVR ‘White Elephant’ was a prototype created for Wheeler to go shooting in: the TVR engineers even built a special hidden compartment in the rear to house his guns, cartridges – and the pheasants he caught.

There’s also a countersunk dog basket behind the front passenger seat so Wheeler’s gun dog Ned had somewhere to sit.

It’s a bizarre-looking thing. The nose is from a previous TVR prototype: it’s effectively how a facelifted TVR Tamsin may have looked, had Wheeler not decided to shelve the project as he considered it too dated-looking for the 1990s.

TVR White Elephant

He instead approved the development of a new car based on an updated version of the Tamsin’s S Series chassis: a few years later, the Griffith was launched (the rest is history, etc).

The engine is rather special though. It’s a 400 hp 5.0-litre Holden Bathurst racing engine, which TVR was also evaluating for road car use. The firm felt the performance was promising (0-60 mph in 4.0 seconds, 170 mph flat-out), but the logistics of sourcing engines from Australia could have been problematic. So the Rover V8 continued.

The car was only saved from the scrapheap just weeks before Wheeler sold the company in 2004: it will appear at the Manchester Classic Car Show along with one of the last Sagaris ever produced as part of the TVRCC stand.

The show will be held on 17th and 18th September at EventCity, Manchester.

TVR not reveal London Motor Show

New TVR not revealed at London Motor Show

TVR not reveal London Motor ShowThe final design of the new TVR is at the 2016 London Motor Show but company chief Les Edgar has REFUSED to pull the covers off the new sports car!

It’s set to be revealed later this year but it will be customers who get to see it first during private viewings, promised Edgar – as a reward to the hundreds of people who have already placed a deposit on the unseen sports car.

TVR’s first motor show in a decade, Edgar said TVR is back to do what it was doing before – but doing it better than before. “A lot better,” he stressed.

We may not have seen the car but we do know it is going to be “a hairy beast: loud, fast, furious and British”. It will be a true TVR: “Our competition is actually ourselves”. Modern TVR will live up to the drama of the old TVR, “but better than it’s ever been before”.

Gordon Murray speaks

TVR preview Summer 2016

Ace car design legend Gordon Murray was also on hand to not reveal the new TVR: the new sports car is using his company Gordon Murray Design’s iStream construction architecture.

For Murray, it’s a project he’s proud to be involved with. “This is my third British supercar, all of them very different. The McLaren F1 was all about materials and performance, while the lightweight Rocket sports car still holds the world record for lightest ever car – just 370kg.

“Now we’re bringing the muscle car back to the UK.” Carroll Shelby hijacked the AC Ace in the 60s and created the iconic Shelby Cobra, reckons Murray: modern TVR is taking back the legend.

The new TVR is also an antidote to today’s high-tech hypercars, reckons Murray. It will weight 1,150kg, not 1,500kg, and won’t be packed with batteries and KERS.

“This is a pure driver’s car… it will not drive itself, it will need attention. It’s the antidote the self-driving autonomous car.”

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Reborn TVR to make first public appearance at London Motor Show

TVR renderingTVR will attend its first motor show since being revived under the ownership of British businessman Les Edgar at the 2016 London Motor Show – but the all-new TVR won’t be.

Despite huge public interest (and a multitude of cash deposits), the firm says it’s too early to show the new car: its reveal is being pencilled in for autumn 2016.

But visitors will not be disappointed, promises TVR. Instead, it will be revealing a concept teaser of the new car: and both chairman Les Edgar and ace car designer Gordon Murray – who’s created the architecture underpinning the new TVR – will showcase the preview during the reborn firm’s press conference at 5pm on Thursday 5 May.

Les Edgar said: “We have built enormous momentum over the past 12 months, to the point at which we now hold more than 350 deposits from enthusiastic individuals who are keen to be proud owners and drivers of the new TVR.

“Our appearance at the London Motor Show will be a perfect platform for us to show a physical representation of the car and we hope to use the opportunity to tantalise the public and provide a strong indication of the look of the production vehicle.”

TVR: what we know so far

TVR’s creating its new sports car around Gordon Murray’s innovative iStream carbon reinforced chassis. This is ultra-lightweight, minimises start-up assembly costs and is being dubbed ‘the biggest revolution in high volume manufacturing since the Ford Model T’.

In TVR tradition, it will pack a brawny V8 engine, developed by Cosworth. It’ll be rear-wheel drive and a ground effect chassis will give it modern-era aerodynamics.

The new TVR will be built at a factory in South Wales, as part of a five-year, £30-million investment plan. Demand is already high: the current order rate will see the new factory working at capacity until the end of 2018.

The firm says London Motor Show-goers will get an opportunity “to appreciate the silhouette and see the physical shape in a full-size representation of the new car”.

And as for the production-ready car itself, “the full exterior design will be unveiled to all customers who placed an order at an exclusive preview event later this year, which will be an important milestone in the programme.”

Follow Motoring Research’s full coverage of the 2016 London Motor Show

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TVR to build new sports cars in South Wales

TVR renderThe reborn TVR brand has confirmed it is building a brand new car plant in the Ebbw Vale Enterprise Zone in South Wales as part of a five-year, £30 million investment plan.

Both TVR’s backers and the Welsh Government will invest in the new manufacturing facility, the location of which will be confirmed in the next few weeks.

In deciding to choose Wales, TVR chairman Lee Edgar said it was a “fantastic opportunity both for TVR and the Welsh Government.

“South Wales is becoming a major hub for automotive and motorsport technology and development and the area is a serious opportunity for business development and job creation.”

The decision will be officially announced this morning by the First Minister of Wales, the Rt. Hon Carwyn Jones, after the contract was signed on 18 March. He said it was “yet another fantastic high profile investment for Wales and a great boost for our automotive sector.

“TVR is another iconic and much loved, world-class brand that still commands a strong and loyal international following. I am delighted the next generation of TVRs will proudly bear the label Made in Wales.”

The TVR news follows Aston Martin’s decision to locate its new crossover SUV factory at St. Athan in South Wales, 15 miles west of Cardiff.

The first Minister said it “sends out a strong, clear message that Wales is the location of choice for advanced manufacturing.

“It also illustrates that our pro-business approach is delivering results, attracting significant investment and creating high quality jobs and it is another huge boost for Wales, for our automotive sector and for our skilled workforce.”

The new TVR project was announced in early 2015 and more than 350 orders have since been taken: demand is so high (the order book is full to the end of 2018), the firm had to open its waiting list for the new car ahead of time, despite buyers having to place £5,000 deposits to secure a place.

The chassis and body is being designed by Gordon Murray and it will be the first production car to use his new iStream assembly process. Power will be ample: Cosworth is tuning a V8 engine specifically for TVR.

What will it be called? That’s still to be confirmed; currently, it has the codename T37.

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Waiting list for 2017 TVR ‘T37’ opens today following high demand

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Interest in a new TVR sports car set to launch in 2017 has been so high that the waiting list will open from midday today.

In an email sent to potential customers, the reborn British manufacturer said the deposit scheme would help plan initial production quantities, and “allow people who are genuinely interested in what is definitely the most hotly anticipated new sports car in a decade to book a slot in the queue.”

The manufacturer is keeping quiet on details about the new 2017 TVR, which is being produced in partnership with Gordon Murray and Cosworth.

In the email, TVR’s chairman Les Edgar said: “This is not because that detail is as yet undetermined, rather because we will only announce specifications when we are 100% confident in their accuracy – this has always been our policy. However, we will be releasing details as they are confirmed via our website, through the motoring press and, of course, by email to everybody who has registered for information on the new car.”

The email did reveal that the car, which will be built in the UK, has been codenamed the T37.

The refundable £5,000 deposit can be placed online via TVR’s website or over the phone on 0330 120 0032 – but the manufacturer has asked that no one phones the deposit line seeking more details, as they won’t get them.

Members of the TVR car club who joined more than six months ago will benefit from a reduced deposit of £2,500 if they place it before the end of July 2015.

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Waiting list for 2017 TVR 'T37' opens today following high demand

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Interest in a new TVR sports car set to launch in 2017 has been so high that the waiting list will open from midday today.

In an email sent to potential customers, the reborn British manufacturer said the deposit scheme would help plan initial production quantities, and “allow people who are genuinely interested in what is definitely the most hotly anticipated new sports car in a decade to book a slot in the queue.”

The manufacturer is keeping quiet on details about the new 2017 TVR, which is being produced in partnership with Gordon Murray and Cosworth.

In the email, TVR’s chairman Les Edgar said: “This is not because that detail is as yet undetermined, rather because we will only announce specifications when we are 100% confident in their accuracy – this has always been our policy. However, we will be releasing details as they are confirmed via our website, through the motoring press and, of course, by email to everybody who has registered for information on the new car.”

The email did reveal that the car, which will be built in the UK, has been codenamed the T37.

The refundable £5,000 deposit can be placed online via TVR’s website or over the phone on 0330 120 0032 – but the manufacturer has asked that no one phones the deposit line seeking more details, as they won’t get them.

Members of the TVR car club who joined more than six months ago will benefit from a reduced deposit of £2,500 if they place it before the end of July 2015.

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TVR starts taking £5,000 deposits on new 2017 car

TVR logoReborn British sports car company TVR has revealed it is beginning to take deposits from buyers keen to get one of the first all-new cars due in 2017.

Although the new car has yet to be seen even in concept form, an “incredible public response” has encouraged the firm to act and start securing firm pre-orders.

‘Outstanding’ all-new TVR to arrive in 2017

Starting July 7th 2015, TVR will accept £5,000 deposits from all interested parties, with the proviso that further detailed specifications will be established later on.

John Chasey, operations director of TVR, said: “We’ve been totally blown away by the reaction to the new car.

“Our phone lines and online enquiry system went into meltdown when the news was announced, and we decided that we must begin to bring a structure to the enquiries and build a delivery pipeline well in advance of production.

“Volumes in year one will be limited as we ramp up production, so this allows us to reward those individuals prepared to make a financial commitment at this early stage.”

The new car will be designed in association with Gordon Murray Design and will use a Cosworth V8 engine. Initial production from 2017 is expected to be in the low hundreds, before ramping up in subsequent years.

TVR rewards Car Club members

Les Edgar TVR

There’s an added bit of good news for TVR Car Club members, this year celebrating its 50th year.

Anyone who has been a member of the club for six months or more will be able to place a reduced deposit of £2,500 for one of the early cars – with the same promise that they’ll get one of the early production run cars.

Les Edgar, chairman of TVR (pictured above), said: “We feel it is important to reward those people who have been such enthusiastic ambassadors for the TVR brand.

“The club is a wonderfully active and loyal community of people who simply love the cars, so it seems fitting that they should be offered a reduced deposit and a promise of some of the early production units.”

Anyone interested in placing a deposit on the new 2017 TVR should head to the brand’s website for more information.

TVR and Gordon Murray Design Limited

‘Outstanding’ all-new TVR to arrive in 2017

TVR and Gordon Murray Design Limited

‘The car…will feature the traditional TVR DNA of a front engine with rear wheel drive and a manual transmission, powered by a normally aspirated, dry-sumped, V8 engine, developed and engineered by Cosworth’.

If that’s not a reason to be cheerful, we don’t know what is.

It means TVR is back and in 2017 you will be able to buy a brand new car designed and built by the former Blackpool-based company. But hang on, haven’t we been here before? Didn’t we all get over-excited about the prospect of a reborn TVR under Russian ownership, only to see our hopes disappearing in a cloud of blue smoke?

Things are different this time. The current management team acquired the TVR brand in 2013, with chairman, Les Edgar, at the helm. Yes, that Les Edgar – the one famous for heading up computer games developer, Bullfrog Productions.

Secondly, TVR has chosen to join forces with Gordon Murray Design Limited, who will deliver a composite ground effect aero chassis and body package using the company’s iStream technology. In basic terms, iStream is a simplified assembly process, meaning a manufacturing plant can be 20 percent the size of a traditional factory. This in turn reduces capital investment costs by approximately 80 percent – a sizeable chunk for a fledging and low-volume sports car company.

And if that’s not enough, the project is said to be over a year into its development, making the aim of delivering a production-ready TVR by 2017 a realistic prospect.

Prices and production volumes are to be announced, but we wouldn’t expect TVR to stray too far away from its market positioning of the past. Indeed, TVR is promising a ‘competitive price point’ and we forecast volumes of between 1,000 and 1,500 a year. The new cars will be designed and built in the UK, with TVR claiming to reestablish the much-loved firm as ‘an all-British institution.’

Les Edgar TVR

Les Edgar said: ‘We know that a new TVR has to be better than just good – it has to be outstanding. From the outset we only wanted to work with the best partners in the business, and both Gordon Murray’s and Cosworth’s track records within motor sport and high performance car design and engineering speaks for themselves.’

For his part, design and engineering guru, Gordon Murray, said: “TVR is an iconic brand which has been an important part of British sports car manufacturing for many decades. Its return to manufacturing is an exciting development and the car deserves the best chassis and powertrain that can possibly be delivered.’ Given what Murray achieved with the McLaren F1, you’d forgive us for getting a little excited about his involvement with TVR.

Sceptics will argue that this is little more than a pipe dream and that TVR failed for a reason. Founded by Trevor Wilkinson in 1947, TVR established itself as one of Britain’s favourite low-volume sports car manufacturers. Blackpool’s Peter Wheeler took over in 1981 and went on to deliver a number of lightweight cars, rear-wheel drive cars with a meaty engine sat at the front.

Names like Cerbera, Tuscan, Chimaera, Griffith and Sagaris will stir the soul of petrolheads across the land. But TVR was ill-equipped to deal with the increasing demands for safety and emissions regulations and the company was sold to the son of a Russian billionaire in 2004. Sadly, this came to nothing.

Things should be different this time. TVR is said to be ‘well-funded and well-supported’ and with Cosworth and Gordon Murray on board, it has to of the most respected names in the business. Crucially, even a decade on from when Peter Wheeler shut up shop, the TVR brand remains strong. There will be no shortage of people keen to part with their cash for a well-engineered sports car wearing a TVR badge.

We’d be quite happy to see a re-born and re-engineered Sagaris, but the company is promising something all-new. Who knows, perhaps the company will produce some heritage models, in the same way Jaguar delivered the lightweight E-Type. Well, we can dream.