Re­vival picked for sports car maker’s long-awaited come­back

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‘ We want it to age well and turn into a proper clas­sic, like the TVRs of old’ JOHN CHASEY, TVR

TVR has re­vealed its first new car in more than a decade. And the firm, led by chair­man, Les Edgar, be­came the first man­u­fac­turer ever to un­veil new metal at the Re­vival.

It’s de­cided to res­ur­rect the Grif­fith name, 15 years af­ter the last gen­er­a­tion of Grif­fith was sold.

Op­er­a­tions Di­rec­tor for TVR, John Chasey, says: ‘ When we were cre­at­ing the new TVR, we thought about the car first and the model name later. It was im­por­tant to name it an ac­tual name; nam­ing some­thing af­ter num­bers and let­ters isn’t very TVR. We’ve got a great set of names, so we thought we’d re-use one. Grif­fith was the ob­vi­ous choice as it was the first of the big-en­gined TVRs.

‘One of the main parts of the de­sign cri­te­ria is that it needs to look good in 20 years time. We want this to age well, and turn into a proper clas­sic like TVRs of old.’

The new TVR was de­signed by Gor­don Mur­ray, of Brab­ham and McLaren fame, and the en­gine is a 480bhp Cos­worth V8. In tra­di­tional TVR fash­ion, the new car – which will cost around £90,000 – is rear­wheel drive. The pro­to­type was built by Gor­don Mur­ray De­sign in Guild­ford, but the new Grif­fith will be built in Ebbw Vale, Wales.

TVR Chi­maera owner and TVR Car Club mem­ber, John Holden, says: ‘I think it [the new Grif­fith] looks brilliant and I’m re­ally pleased, and a bit re­lieved. It cer­tainly looks like a proper TVR.’

Grif­fith name pays homage to the first V8-en­gined TVRs.

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