- Feb 6, 2007
TVR Typhoon takes shape
It ain't over till the fat lady sings, and although it promises to be a real screamer, TVR's seductress is anything but fat. We were pleased to bring you earlier information on the upcoming Typhoon, and now more details and computer-generated preview images have surfaced.
Once it hits production, the Typhoon will be TVR's first completely computer-designed car, helping the automaker fine-tune the aerodynamics to a more efficient extent. Power will come from TVR's 4-liter inline-six, only with a big nasty supercharger pumping horsepower up to 600 and torque up to 500 lb-ft. Supercharger or no supercharger, six hundred horses out of a six-cylinder engine is no mean feat, and the engine specialists at Ricardo helped along the way.
Follow the jump for the rest of the story and some additional renderings of the Typhoon.
Helping plant all that power to the tarmac will be a beefed-up limited-slip differential and the T56 six-speed manual from the Corvette. Rolling stock consists of 19-inch wheels strapped to adjustable Bilstein dampers. Carbon-fiber body panels will be laid over a tubular steel chassis, complete with integrated roll-cage. The interior will come fitted with Sparco-sourced carbon fiber racing buckets up front and, thanks to a longer wheelbase than the TVR Tuscan, a pair of bucket seats in the back, too.
TVR is working to keep the weight down, targeting a feather-like 1100kg. That's less than the Enzo, and with almost as much power, so expect 0-60 times in the mid-3s and a top speed well into the 200 mph club. Those would be some very impressive figures if TVR manages to translate them into reality – with a ₤120k target price, it's going up against some serious competition from the likes of the Ferrari 430 and Lamborghini Gallardo.