Reborn TVR plans market return


A reborn version of British specialist sports car company TVR says it is about to open a research and development centre in southern England. The move is claimed to be in preparation for a new, British-built model, to begin sale within three years.

 Les Edgar, who made a fortune from developing computer games, heads a consortium of car enthusiasts who in 2013 acquired TVR’s rights and assets from its former owner, Nikolai Smolenski. The company’s existence as a car maker came to an end the previous year, although its Blackpool factory had closed in 2006.

 “We have detailed concept designs,” Mr Edgar told last week. “We will soon be ready to commission a static prototype. We’re not yet ready to say what kind of chassis the car will have, although having investigated every likely form, from the tubular backbone chassis to a full carbon fibre tub, we’re close to making a decision.”

He said TVR wasn’t likely to build its own engines, but that the new car would be “simple but exciting”. TVR’s web site says the company is planning new cars, although it would be “a little while” before it would share its plans further.

TVR’s registered offices are in Whiteley, Hampshire, and it is believed that the planned R and D centre will be geographically close to that location.

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