The British are invading Saint Edwards State Park from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 25, as the Western Washington All British Field Meet (ABFM) car show and swap meet sets up shop for the day.
According to Adam Forshaw, a representative at Torque PR group working with TVR, the initial run of TVR production will be 100% right-hand drive (RHD). That was expected, but, he then goes on and starts talking my language.
“However, the plan provides for development of a LHD [left-hand drive] variant for export markets, and the architecture of the car has been designed to facilitate this (as well as some foreign market crash test considerations),” Forshaw said.
The crash test considerations is a big thing as, in TVR’s previous productions, the cars couldn’t pass NTHSA crash safety tests in order to get the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of Transportation (DOT) stamps of approval for importing.
That TVR is already working on potential expansion with specific focus foreign market crash testing will satisfy a swath (small as it may be) of people State-side that want to see TVR tires gliding along American pavement.
According to Forshaw, TVR sees the North American automotive market as important for TVR’s cars and are looking into expanding sales to American shores in the future.
So, fellow car nuts… Who wants a TVR?
(Hint: I do.)
On June 3, the iconic British car maker TVR announced that it was getting ready to return to producing their hand-crafted, classic two-seater sports cars.
TVR has already announced collaborations with Gordon Murray Design, creators of Formula 1 cars and more, and Cosworth, a high-end and high-performance engineering firm known throughout the ranks of gearheads.
“From the outset we only wanted to work with the best partners in the business, and both Gordon Murray’s and Cosworth’s track records within motor sport and high performance car design and engineering speak for themselves. GMD and Cosworth are the perfect partners for TVR and together, we will deliver a truly exceptional new car.”
While more specific specs of the future TVR won’t be out until later in 2015, it is sure to stick to the tried and true TVR fashion using GMD’s design technology – a V-8 engine in the front (developed by Cosworth), rear wheeled drive and a manual shifter in the middle.
“We are proud to see Cosworth’s industry-leading engineering at the heart of the revived TVR brand,” said Cosworth Technical Director Bruce Wood. “Our team has been working closely with TVR and Gordon Murray Design to develop a powertrain solution that perfectly complements the exceptional performance characteristics of the new car. It’s an exciting project and one which well suits Cosworth’s engineering expertise.”
While these handbuilt machines may be hitting the roads before 2020, it probably won’t make it across the pond (Atlantic Ocean) as many of the smaller British car manufacturers don’t meet NTHSA safety requirements.
Maybe some of the “well-funded” enthusiasts supporting the return of TVR can help head out to the USA … doubtful, but this enthralled gearhead can always hope.
“Despite very deliberately maintaining a low profile since completing the acquisition of TVR two years ago, we have had an enormous amount of unsolicited interest from businesses, individuals and investors internationally,” Edgar said. “Such is the strength of the brand and the passion of its followers. It is a real privilege to be a part of the revival of a great British marque – one that will succeed through our single-minded desire to produce exceptional sports cars.”
Whether it’s in the US or only in Europe, the return of TVR is sure to delight car fans from around the globe.
The 10th edition of the Sports Car Spring Rally took place in April 2012. As part of the tradition; it was held in Maastricht, The Netherlands, at the Novotel. A wide variety of cars were present as usual, varying quite a bit in value as well as in age. It was all about the cars that weekend, and the price of the cars or brand was insignificant.