TVR owner Nikolai Smolenski has taken the tiny English car firm on a ride wilder than anything you could get from a Speed 12 (pictured), and now he's riding the name right out of the car business. Telling Autocar that the production possibilities don't make financial sense anymore, he is instead repurposing the hardcore brand into "a new venture building portable wind turbines."

We'd say this is a rather odd thing to do with TVR, but the young Russian's run at the captain's wheel has been just this kind of odd since the beginning. The last two years have featured infrequent reports of some kind of new TVR vehicle on the way at some point, powered by either a General Motors LS3 V8, the Corvette ZR1's 638-horsepower LS9, a 3.0-liter, six-cylinder turbodiesel from the BMW 335d, or an electric system.

Smolenski, from TVR's new Vienna base, says the company built three evaluation cars, one with that LS3, one with a BMW twin-turbo V8, and one with a 100-kW electric motor. But he believes that with a necessary base price of £100,000 (about $155,000 U.S.) for any of them, they'd be too expensive to sell at the profit he wants – even with a manufacturing tie-up with Caterham.

So now TVR will get into the business of making a lot of air – we'll refrain from any (further) jokes. We're not sure what this does to the TVR 'rebirth' of a few months ago; regardless, we'll toast the TVR that was and hope it can rest in peace now.


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      ryanandrewmartin
      • 2 Years Ago
      My eyes went directly to "production restart" and wouldn't let my brain process anything else in the article for about a minute or so. Imagine my disappointment...
      ablogreadr
      • 2 Years Ago
      from one scam to another ?
      KeiCarLvr
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow…that's just. Wow. I mean, I'm all for clean energy cars and such, but to just do this…well hell, why don't you just create a NEW COMPANY? But then again, didn't Suzuki start from looms or something? I guess this is a reversal of that.
        scionxd48
        • 2 Years Ago
        @KeiCarLvr
        Indeed, Suzuki started with looms, and Toyota was spawned off of a company that also made looms. In addition: - Opel started with sewing machines - Subaru's parent company started out making aircraft, and so did BMW - Porsche and Lamborghini started with tractors - Renault was founded by 3 brothers who were the sons of a textile firm owner ...and don't even get me started on Mitsubishi's origins. So, yeah. It's not uncommon for a car company to start with something else...but indeed, this is quite the opposite.
      Avinash Machado
      • 2 Years Ago
      Britain is losing its cottage car industry.
      KAG
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sad, once it was bought it was destroyed. Top Gear went to the old planet, there was bodies of the cars left all over like dead bodies.
      AJ
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Speed 12 scares the living **** out of me.
      Occams_Cat
      • 2 Years Ago
      This man-boy billionaire destroyed TVR, and now this! (OK, I know TVR wasn't exactly firing on all 6 or 8 cylinders before he turned up!) WIND TURBINES?! I am speechless.
      johnb
      • 2 Years Ago
      maybe there are a few dollars of obamastash left for this boondoggle. they might be on to something.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @johnb
        [blocked]
          johnb
          • 2 Years Ago
          ouch, struck a nerve? :)
          Carma Racing
          • 2 Years Ago
          There would still be someone with sense enough to know what a waste of taxpayer money wind turbines are, even if they went away. You don't have enough sense. Try reading about the economics of the wind turbine industry and start to pull yourself out of ignorance.
        Drakkon
        • 2 Years Ago
        @johnb
        All my life I heard my dad complain that women can make a feminist issue out of a forest fire. THEN!- this guy named Rush got on AM radio in Florida...
      Drakkon
      • 2 Years Ago
      a face only the English could love
      Sir Duke
      • 2 Years Ago
      Okay, I know how you Brits look at crappy car companies like TVR through rose colored glasses. This company should have left a long time ago. Anybody can build a fast car, but TVR has been a half-assed operation for a long time. NONE of their cars EVER looked like a finished product. That said, they had some really likable designs, I wouldn't mind getting my hands on one their older models. I'd probably finally finish the car for them. The best "British Roadster" is made by Weismann of Germany.
      Richard
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Russian Oligarchs are not really good businessmen. They were just in the right place at the right time when the Soviet Union fell apart and they were able to buy untold riches for a song. That's why they are so flashy and overpay for everything...because if they had to operate in a modern, regulated efficient market the would get nowhere (as evidenced here). Same reason China is not going to take over the world... because the wealth there is not being created by a model that will work elsewhere...
      Alexi
      • 2 Years Ago
      hahaha, this is a joke right?
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