• Mar 8th 2010 at 5:58PM
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We don't hear all that much about classic British muscle/sportscar maker TVR, so here's a quick refresher on what's been going on over the last few weeks: Russian owner Nikolai Smolenski has signaled his intent to bring the overpowered brand back to the market using a classic American V8 engine of unknown origin, and we'll know more about that later this year at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Shortly after that revelation, we found out that remanufactured versions of the Tuscan, Sagaris and T350 were already available through Carmel Motorsports in Indianapolis, sans powertrain. As we told you at the time, these cars were being supplied by a company called Total Vehicle Remanufacturing... which, though that does indeed have the correct initials, is not the real TVR.

Not surprisingly, then, the "real" TVR doesn't sound all that pleased with its newly found competition. Says TVR Motors co-director James Oxley, "We'd like to make clear that this has nothing whatever to do with us, and it appears to conflict strongly with what TVR is trying to achieve in future." According to PistonHeads, "TVR intends to closely scrutinize the operation to ensure its own interests are appropriately protected." Ought to be interesting to see how this one plays out, no?

[Source: PistonHeads]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      If Smolenski didn't mess around with TVR and showed proper comitment then this problem might not exist today.
      • 5 Years Ago
      You know, a Skyline motor from the R32,R33, R34 with a turbo setup sounds like a fun package for this car.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Jcar, you don't much about TVR then, most of them came with Straight 6 motors.
        This body was made for the Speed Six motor that is a Straight Six.


        Fast and furious that, then again all the people i seen driving Vette's are in there 60's here.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You've seen the fast and furious way too many times.

        The obvious choice for engines in this case in the LS series from gm.

        TVR's are known for being a handful, and nothing would make this car more dangerous than a crate engine out of a ZR1.
      • 5 Years Ago
      They want $90'000 for the reproduced TVR... So no. It's probably cheaper getting all the spare parts from UK suppliers and putting it together. Maybe a little more work to register, but especially for something that doesn't even run, they won't sell too many at that price.
      And who the hell needs gobs of torque in a 2000lb car? Is traction really that overrated?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Most interesting thing about this story is that it suggests that more than one person on the planet thinks it's a sound business decision to sell TVRs.
      • 5 Years Ago

      Quit advertising on the comments.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hmm... the thought of a Sagaris with a LS3 or LS6 married to a Porsche gearbox is enough to make my palms sweat.

      Hey Russian dude at TVR, are you listening? If you don't want unwelcome competition, get off of your thumbs and get to it!
        • 5 Years Ago
        That may be so, but doesn't mean the chassis can't be revised to take a transaxle for better weight distribution.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Ignore my comment, seems like it went to the wrong person.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Correct me if I'm wrong, but TVRs don't use transaxles, so there is no need for a Porsche 'box. You'd just need a complete drop out from a v8 m/t camaro, thats all. The result would be a real dream on wheels - lsx power potential in a sleek lightweight body of a British sportscar (the new Shelby Cobra anyone?... :) )
      • 5 Years Ago
      Does this surprise anyone?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I`ve got a 240 six banger with a 1 barrel carb, manual choke, rusty glasspack, and 3 speed column shift out of my 68 ford. Wouldn`t that make a TVR special.
      • 5 Years Ago
      For engine choice I nominate the new Ford 5.0...anything else other than a Ford mill in a TVR would be just not right. I'm just sayin'.
      • 5 Years Ago
      @Blacksabre you sound like an ignorant fool. You're the type that mentions "rice burner blah blah blah" crap every time something Japanese is mentioned. I wholly agree with Kaveh on the idea of an inline six. Except I would put a BMW N54 twin turbo straight six in it rather than a RB26DETT.
      • 5 Years Ago
      For engine choice I nominate the Mustang's new 5.0 motor. Anything else other than a Ford mill in a TVR is just not right.
      I'm just sayin'
      • 5 Years Ago
      Part of what makes TVR a TVR is the speed six, or speed 12 engines, and the utter LACK of extras like traction control, or ABS.

      A too-common small block conversion might sound good to some... it sounds like dilution to me.

      Even a turbo this, or turbo that sounds interesting... 4 liters of naturally aspirated screaming straight six is it's own appeal.

      Funny that TVR has all but ceased operations, and hasn't imported to the US since the early 80s, IIRC...

      But then they think this is "competition." Competition that mother-TVR doesn't actually compete with.
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