Top Gear reports a UK entrepreneur has purchased TVR from former Russian owner Nikolai Smolenski. As you may recollect, Smolenski bought the British automaker in 2004 for around 15 million pounds, but never got around to producing a vehicle under the brand's name. Les Edgar won't say exactly how much he paid for TVR due to non-disclosure agreements, but he has made it clear he has big plans for the brand. Edgar made a name for himself in video game development but is no stranger to the automotive space. He also helped push Aston Martin back into GT racing.

Details are similarly scarce about what we can expect to see from TVR moving forward or when a new product will touch down, but Edgar has said his vision includes the brand retaining its essential Britishness. Top Gear quoted the entrepreneur as saying, "You can't let these great brands disappear or go abroad. The starting point was 'let's get it back.'"


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      likeaboss1234boss
      • 1 Year Ago
      i loved TVR they had some pretty badass cars.
      ryanandrewmartin
      • 1 Year Ago
      Fantastic. I've always loved this brand. So raw and brutal.
      Sir Duke
      • 1 Year Ago
      Always liked the idea of TVR. The cars however, always had an unfinished look about them. That old British "That will Do" syndrome that plagued the entire British auto industry. Just go pull apart a Lotus Esprit, a pre-VW era Bentley, or Morgan to name a few, what goes on under the skin of those cars is horrific. Take the lotus Elan (not the Isuzu Elan) for example: The drive axles were originally coupled to the differential with a pair of rubber doughnuts. There are a few British classics that I wouldn't mind owning, all of them would have to be pulled apart and re-engineered. Suspensions (excellent designs, mostly crappy components), electrical systems (rip them out and start over) and structure of some of these cars were poor. Here is a classic example: Pull apart a TVR and Weissman. Same formula, different execution.
      Greg
      • 1 Year Ago
      The TVR Tuscan 6 is still such a stunning looking car, especially in reflex purple. I hope they make a new version, as well as a Speed 12, Cerbera, and Sagaris.
      Avinash Machado
      • 1 Year Ago
      Great news.
      Teleny411
      • 1 Year Ago
      Just saw. A couple at a car show. Hope they can make a go of it....
      Drakkon
      • 1 Year Ago
      Done Ugly back from the grave. What a ***king mess!
      Phil Gaudiomonte
      • 1 Year Ago
      No thanks
      gilles.baudeweyns
      • 1 Year Ago
      Great news, lets hope the speed six will be brought back to the sagaris, instead of the american v8 that silly russian was going to put in it. I've loved TVR's since i was a kid and I hope the company will be restored to its former glory.
        Andy Smith
        • 1 Year Ago
        @gilles.baudeweyns
        TVR developed and built their own V8.
          gilles.baudeweyns
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Andy Smith
          I wasn't talking about the speed 8 engine found in cerbera, Nikolai Smolenski was going to use and ls-series v8 in the sagaris. If you know anything about what has been happening to TVR recently, you should've known that.
      360_AD
      • 1 Year Ago
      Take a Sagaris, install the supercharged LS from the CTS-V, mate it to a 6 speed Porsche manual and sell the car in the US. Dot it.
        wrxfrk16
        • 1 Year Ago
        @360_AD
        Putting aside the mechanics of mating a longitudinal, front-engine designed motor to a rear-engine designed gearbox, but why the two? The CTS-V already has a Getrag 6-speed manual on tap, and positioned the right way to move power from the front to the rear as in the Caddy and the Sagaris.
        Bernard
        • 1 Year Ago
        @360_AD
        What about crash safety and handling? The engine isn't the bad part in TVR's, they have wonderful engines. It's the rest of the car that should scare you.
          360_AD
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Bernard
          Who cares. I won't be able to afford one. Not my problem.
          wrxfrk16
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Bernard
          Crash Safety? Well, don't have an accident, obviously. Handling? The car does it, plenty of it, it's just that sometimes you and the car will have disagreements about the direction it should be going...
      Pedro Gonsalez
      • 1 Year Ago
      Neat looking design! Headlights on the red version remind me of Carnage from Spider-Man [in an evilly delicious way].
      K.C.
      • 1 Year Ago
      http://www.topgear.com/uk/videos/saga-holiday
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