TVR preparing for Corvette-powered comeback

TVR preparing for Corvette-powered comeback

Not a lot has been happening at defunct British sports car maker TVR in the past few years. The company was bought by Russian rich kid Nikolai Smolenski from late founder Peter Wheeler when it was in serious financial trouble, he didn’t do much with it, declared it bankrupt to clear its debts, then bought the company out of bankruptcy. After that there has been little news for badge fans except for a court case with a TVR remanufacturer and some rumours about using an American V8 to power the firm’s new car.

The V8 issue finally appears resolved with the Corvette’s 638-horsepower LS9 winning the deal. The new TVR car it will be used in is to be called the MD-1.

The question almost everyone is left asking is, will the car be at all British? With Smolenski looking to draw a line under the Wheeler era once and for all it seems unlikely. Although, currently the MD-1 is being developed by a UK firm, but Smolenski says production could shift take place in Europe or South Africa just as easily.

So could a South African-built, American-engined TVR still be a TVR like the Griffith or the Tuscan(pictured)? Smolenski thinks TVR fans wouldn’t think so, but he doesn’t really seem to care.

Wherever it is build the new LS9-powered MD-1 will be exclusive, with just 250 made annually when it arrives in 2012.

Not a lot has been happening at defunct British sports car maker TVR in the past few years. The company was bought by Russian rich kid Nikolai Smolenski from late founder Peter Wheeler when it was in serious financial trouble, he didn’t do much with it, declared it bankrupt to clear its debts, then bought the company out of bankruptcy. After that there has been little news for badge fans except for a court case with a TVR remanufacturer and some rumours about using an American V8 to power the firm’s new car.

The V8 issue finally appears resolved with the Corvette’s 638-horsepower LS9 winning the deal. The new TVR car it will be used in is to be called the MD-1.

The question almost everyone is left asking is, will the car be at all British? With Smolenski looking to draw a line under the Wheeler era once and for all it seems unlikely. Although, currently the MD-1 is being developed by a UK firm, but Smolenski says production could shift take place in Europe or South Africa just as easily.

So could a South African-built, American-engined TVR still be a TVR like the Griffith or the Tuscan(pictured)? Smolenski thinks TVR fans wouldn’t think so, but he doesn’t really seem to care.

Wherever it is build the new LS9-powered MD-1 will be exclusive, with just 250 made annually when it arrives in 2012.

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