It's exciting enough that Les Edgar and his investor consortium have promised a new TVR for 2017.
But revelations that designer Gordon Murray—you might remember him from a little car called the McLaren F1—and legendary engine builder Cosworth will be involved with the next-generation machine has translated to some serious excitement.
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Here's the word from TVR's operations director John Chasey:
"We've been totally blown away by the reaction to the new car. Our phone lines and online enquiry system went into meltdown when the news was announced, and we decided that we must begin to bring a structure to the enquiries and build a delivery pipeline well in advance of production."
Potential buyers will be able to place deposits of £5,000 (approximately $7,800) to secure a car from the first year of production starting July 7, and in a nod to the brand's history, members of the TVR Car Club will be able to reserve one for £2,500 (approximately $3,900). No technical specs are available at this time, but we know with Gordon Murray helping with the project, and a Cosworth V-8 under the hood, the product of this union should be spectacular indeed.
In keeping with the brand's bareknuckle tradition, the cars will reportedly be raw, driver-focused machines. So don't expect to see a state-of-the-art dual-clutch gearbox, hybrid systems, or electronic nannies. The key ingredients here will be a lightweight chassis, a high-horsepower engine and a third pedal.
In other words, this beefy Brit will be closer to a first-gen Viper than a McLaren P1.
Of course, there have been some false starts in the push to bring TVR out of hibernation, and we have more questions than answers right now. But as soon as we know more, you will too.