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TVR shows off its new carbon fiber chassis

It's got the Gordon Murray touch.

TVR brought its new sportscar concept to the 2016 London Motor Show, yet insisted in keeping it under wraps. Now the reborn British specialty carmaker TVR has released an image of its new carbon fiber chassis. Designed using a process called iStream, which was conceived by McLaren F1 chief designer Gordon Murray, the chassis is said to be able to be manufactured at a significantly lower cost than usual. The rendering also shows the upcoming TVR's Cosworth-branded (and possibly Ford Coyote V8-derived) engine.

TVR says over 400 deposits for the Launch Edition version have been placed. 100 places are left on the list, and the advantage of signing up for a Launch Edition is that the buyer will get an iStream Carbon chassis for the same price as a standard car using the regular iStream chassis. After 500 orders have been placed, the rest of the interested buyers will have to join a waiting list, says TVR.

Murray showed off the iStream Carbon chassis for the first time at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show as the underpinnings for the awesome Yamaha Sports Ride concept – and the TVR version appears at first glance to be identical. The London Motor Show held in Battersea was the first major event that TVR has attended in a decade. According to the company, finer details of the vehicle were not yet finished when the car was brought to the show, so a decision was made to keep it covered – despite efforts by the British race car driver and television personality, Tiff Needell, to jokingly uncover the future TVR. The wraps will come off later this year, says TVR, at a private event reserved for the depositors; a more public unveiling will happen in 2017.

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