Britain's TVR Returns with New Griffith Sports Car

Lena Tucker
September 10, 2017

Plus, with power coming from a dry-sumped Cosworth-enhanced 5.0-litre Ford V8 engine, it should have respectable pace.

While relatively few technical details have been released, we do know that the new Griffith is 169.8 inches long, with the company claiming that it weighs just 2756 pounds unladen, split exactly 50/50 between the front and rear axles. That bright red body is also made from carbon fiber, which keeps the Griffith's weight nice and low.

A strict two-seater, TVR will produce 500 Griffith Launch Editions, with production scheduled for late 2018 and the first deliveries expected in early 2019. This time, it has brought in Gordon Murray - the creator of the McLaren F1 - to design the auto. As well as maximum use of lightweight materials to optimise the car's power-to-weight ratio, the new TVR has a flat floor to improve airflow and road holding at higher speeds.

The TVR brand has earned a reputation for making sports cars that weren't terribly reliable or comfortable, but had so much character that you could forgive them even worse things.

The all-new TVR was officially unveiled at the Goodwood Revival yesterday. Edgar says that while every auto fan has a TVR story, he also wanted to recreate "every man's super vehicle, with big bang for buck" referring to the marque's reputation for - at least off the lights - beating more expensive cars.

Gordon Murray's contribution comes in the form of iStream, the carbon composite body is fitted over a steel and aluminium chassis with carbon composite panels bonded to the frame for additional strength. It will be fitted with bespoke Launch Edition wheels measuring 19 inches in diameter at the front and 20 inches at the rear.

Like any true TVR, the Griffith doesn't use excessive aerodynamic elements such as a big rear wing spoiler. With a dry weight of just 2,755 lbs (1,250 kg), the Griffith will accelerate from 0-60 miles per hour in less than four seconds and keep on pulling all the way to 200 miles per hour. Suspension is by double wishbone, with adjustable coil-over dampers and concentric springs front and back. Instead, there's a McLaren-style portrait-orientated touchscreen infotainment system. The Griffith is said to offer "ample head room and cabin space, as well as more than adequate storage space". You'd be forgiven for thinking so, given the (qualified) excitement about the brand's rebirth and fact we've not heard a whole lot since meeting Les Edgar and John Chasey a year ago.

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