The Russian owner of TVR, Nikolai Smolenski, has revealed plans to revive the brand with a new Corvette-engined model to be manufactured in Germany. The new model is likely to be built by Gullwing, which currently produces the AC MkVI.
Smolenski bought TVR from its long-time owner, the late Peter Wheeler, in 2004 but was unable to keep production going and the company fell apart in 2006.
Speaking to AutoCar Smolenski said that he is working on a new model that will have a modified version of the traditional steel backbone chassis and independent suspension used on original TVR models.
“We looked at every engine available “” including making our own “” and decided that the Corvette was the most powerful off-the-shelf design going,” he said. “Fitting it to our chassis allows us to meet all current regulations and is not too big a step.”
Smolenski said that the first new-generation TVR models will be convertibles. TVR also has plans to build a hybrid concept.
– By: Kap Shah