A NEW HOPE
After the closure of TVR more than 10 years ago, a bright new hope for the company’s future has emerged with a familiar name. Unmistakably a TVR — a British muscle car that’s as brutal as it is seductive — the new Griffith was revealed at last year’s Goodwood Revival. To rewind a few years, in 2013, Les Edgar successfully bought the TVR brand and rights from Russian owner Nikolai Smolensky. The new Griffith eventually emerged after three years of development with Gordon Murray, of Mclaren Formula 1 fame — a man who knows a thing or two about designing motor cars. Now, add to that the acquisition of a Cosworth-fettled Ford 5.0-litre quad-cam Mustang engine, and the first production cars should be on their way to customers in early 2019. Most have already been reserved by diehard TVR fans who stumped up a £5K deposit 18 months ago. As the original Blackpool factory was torn down in early 2016, production has moved to a custom-built facility in Wales. TVR will concentrate at first on the UK market, involving existing TVR specialists and already signing up European distributors. Annual production of around 2000 cars by year five is envisaged, and this number neatly matches current European Small Series Type Approval regulations.