Dur­ban con­nec­tion will en­sure new TVR is less frag­ile

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING - AL­WYN VILJOEN • al­wyn. viljoen@ wit­ness. co. za

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.”

PHOTO: SUP­PLIED

An artist’s im­pres­sion of the new gen­er­a­tion TVR to be built in Wales.

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