So, following the debut of the fantastic all-new Gordon Murray-designed Griffith at this year’s Revival, we thought it prudent to break from GRR feature car convention and dive deeper on a car that isn’t racing at the Meeting.
This car did, however, race at Le Mans and as such will be at the forefront of Edgar’s mind as TVR recalibrates its road-faring sportscar for the enduros. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves, though, the 2000 TVR Tuscan Speed Six 400R, though born for La Sarthe, started local before going continental.
Its story begins four years before it would spin rubber at the 24, when a racing derivative of the then-new Tuscan was born out of the successful Tuscan Challenge series and the monstrous Speed 12 project of the ‘90s. The Tuscan R, though with designs on Le Mans, would begin an all-told successful motorsport journey in British GT. DeWALT chassis #01 (of seven) set about its debut season with gusto with Richard Stanton and Steve Hyde taking a class win at Castle Combe. Beyond the podium, it was winning the hearts of spectators, too, with that staple spectacular TVR soundtrack wowing the crowds. In the 2002 season and under new CTC Wholesalers ownership, John Hartstone (the car’s current owner) and Piers Johnson would perform at Combe again placing third in class.
It wouldn’t be until the next year that #01 would prove its potential to land punches against the big boys when John Hartstone and Graeme Munday would take the second step in a TVR podium lockdown of the 2003 Silverstone 3 hours. As of a total ACO regulation overhaul, Tuscan R #01 would take on the Le Mans 24 Hours for 2004, 2005 and 2006 and become the last TVR to finish at La Sarthe. It’s spent the last eight years of its life as a reminder of what the marque was capable of on display at the Gaydon Motor Museum