That’s the DNA sorted then, but what about the overbearing issue of poor build-quality and reliability that dogged Noughties cars and allowed the Porsche Boxster to take so many sales?
“Of course you can’t build a sportscar these days without it having fantastic quality and reliability, says Edgar, “so our strategy on that front has been the iStream process, which lends itself to producing inherently very high quality construction.
“It’s very, very torsionally rigid, for example, so the thing’s not going to be shaking itself to bits as you drive down a bumpy road. Typically it’s probably seven to 10 times more torsionally rigid than any other TVR.
“[As for] reliability – the ethos is to take proven components where possible and bespoke them for TVR, which is why we’ve gone for a Ford base engine and then given it Cosworth to sprinkle the magic on it to make it special.”
The car is shorn of electronic aids, to cut weight and cost, but also the number of things that might go wrong. It happily also fits Edgar’s vision for a purebred sportscar. If owners were searching for further proof about the quality of the production process, they’d only have to talk with Gordon Murray at his Surrey HQ, as we did. “Happily we only have one sort of standard at GMD [Gordon Murray Design]”, says Murray. “No matter whether it’s high volume or low volume, the cars are all engineered really, really well and by the time we get to production design, it will be designed very well so yes, it will be well engineered and reliable… which will be a change.”
Murray is offering two versions of his iStream manufacturing process for TVR customers: iStream Carbon and iStream 3. “The customers choose the fundamental architecture materials which is either iStream Carbon [multi-tubular frame with steel components and carbon-fibre bonded panels] or iStream 3 [which replaces the steel tubes with aluminium sections]”, explains Murray, “then they also have the choice of body materials, because with iStream the body is not structural, unlike all the cars that you and I drive”.
That’s quite a point of differentiation for a sportscar costing £90,000, and you begin to sense that TVR is going to offer a wholly new ownership experience.
Then there’s the racing side of the business: Edgar’s aim to bring TVR to the GT Pro grid at Le Mans is on track: the new car has been designed with a wider track than normal to accommodate ACO demands. And then there’s the single-make series, “which we hope to bring back”, says Edgar. “TVR pretty much was the fore-runner of all the one-make series with the Tuscan Challenge. We’re going to bring that back, so I hope to see our equivalent of the modern Tuscan Challenge at Goodwood in the not-too-distant future.”
When can we drive it?
Photography by James Lynch