Durban connection will ensure new TVR is less fragile
REBORN British sports- car maker TVR announced it will be setting up shop in Wales to build the new All- British sports car.
TVR will be the second car maker to open a factory in Wales, after Aston Martin made a similar announcement last year.
But TVR is the only one to date that will be using Durbanschooled Gordon Murray’s design process to build TVR.
Using Murray’s F1 racing experience, the new generation of TVRs will still be ferociously fast but not as famously fragile.
TVR said the factory will create 150 jobs for mostly artisans who will hand- assemble the bespoke sports cars for patriotic racers.
Steve Huntingford, motoring editor of the Telegraph, reports that Wales was chosen because the Welsh Government agreed to provide financial backing, and this comes just weeks after As- ton Martin announced plans to build a factory of its own in the principality.
The first is due to go on sale next year and it will be a frontengined, rear- wheel- drive twoseater with a traditional manual gearbox.
Huntingford reported that TVR is also promising Formula One- inspired ground- effect technology to help stick the car to the road through corners, while power will come from a naturally aspirated V8 that’s being engineered by motorsport specialists Cosworth.
The new TVR is under the leadership of gamer millionaire Les Edgar, working in collaboration with Murray.
Given the often troubled history of British sports- car makers, there is no guarantee that the revived TVR will be a success, but Edgar is bullish.
“We are a well- funded, wellsupported organisation and boast a vastly experienced management team,” he said. “We have a fully evolved 10- year plan for business and product development and are here to stay.”
An artist’s impression of the new generation TVR to be built in Wales.