END OF AN ERA
The TVR Sagaris was one of the wildest creations to ever leave Blackpool and also the best resolved. Serious money had been spent on developing the car’s reliability, usability, and finish, financed by new owner Russian oligarch Nikolai Smolensky. Further development of the 4.0-litre Speed Six engine meant that it pumped out an official 302kw — plenty considering that it only weighs just over a ton. Despite the improvements, it wasn’t enough to keep TVR running, and the factory was shut down in 2006.