Next TVR model to be Corvette powered

April 30th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

TVR’s Russian owner Nikolai Smolenski has recently confirmed that the brand’s new upcoming model will likely be built by Gullwing and will be powered by a Corvette crate motor.

Apparently the GM eight-cylinder provides an efficient and powerful answer to TVR’s engine needs. The US built crate motor will also reduce the development and homologation costs. TVR also concluded that the Corvette was the most powerful off-the-shelf design and that the placing in the vehicle’s chassis enables the company to comply with all current regulations.

Although Corvette has been assigned the Crate motor duties, whether they use the 639hp LS9 engine or the 430hp NA LS3 has not been specified. It remains possible that TVR could bypass the LS9 and opt for the more refined and cheaper 505 hp LS7 found in the current Corvette Z06.

What has been revealed is that the new model will be a convertible variant of the existing Tuscan.

1110rwhp Holden Monaro GTO

December 19th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

This car features a custom SQPbuilt WarHawk block 402 running the LS7 port ETp cyl heads, Ross pistons, Oliver rods, Callies crank, in the LS2 block, MWS custom made supercharger system using a Vortech V7ysi compressor, Twin plate cerametallic clutch, 2″ headers and a twin 3.5″ exhaust and a super tough 4L80e transmission with a Yank high stall and lots lots more. Dyno run was with a manual fitted.


Holden’s Z06-powered LS7 HSV W427

December 17th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

Holden Special Vehicles is celebrating its 20th anniversary by putting together a 7-litre, 370-375kw (500hp) car with 640nm torque

Bewerp reveals Savage Rivale Roadyacht GTS – better name required

June 2nd, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

Savage Rivale Roadyacht fq

Bespoke supercar creator Bewerp has just introduced its Savage Rivale Roadyacht GTS. What’s special about this boutique sportscar? More than just the awful name, it’s also the only four-door, topless supercar in the world.

Unveiled at the Top Marques show in Monaco recently the Roadyacht is based on the C6 Corvette, so Bewerp’s superconvertible is packing a supercharged LS7 V8 putting out 670 hp at 6,200 rpm and 538 lb-ft of torque at 4,800 rpm. Bewerp hasn’t divulged what materials were used in the build, but the performance specs — 0-100 kph in 3.4 seconds and a top speed of 330 kph — suggests a liberal portion of aluminum and carbon fibre.

A visual evaluation reveals a very original design(save the Lambo doors) but it’s not pretty and apparently looks decidedly more attractive when the folding hard-top clicks into place. Pricing is set at $340,000 USD and the first production example is currently being build.

Hulme CanAm New Zealand – nearly the first drive on public roads (+video)

May 30th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

The Hulme CanAm has been six years and NZ$5m in the making – quite an achievement for such a small amount of money – and now the fund raising begins in earnest. A publicity stunt was organised: a reveal of the revised CanAm test mule (‘Bear 1′) in full road trim, and a quick jaunt around the block with Auckland Mayor (and confirmed petrolhead) John Banks.

The crowd turned up at Independent Prestige to see the CanAm surrounded by Aston Martins, Lamborghinis, Bentleys and Ferraris, but shrouded in a large chequered cloth.

After an extended speech by an emotional Jock Freemantle, iconic New Zealand race car driver Kenny Smith, Banks and several others involved in the team revealed the car.

Still packing the LS7 since we last reported on it back in February in our sister title NZV8, when it ran a demonstration at the A1GP at Taupo, the price has been revised downwards significantly to UKP220,000. This still puts it in Caparo T1 territory – a bold move in this economy.

Just as the very religious Freemantle finished thanking the Lord, the heavens opened in tropical downpour-style. All on-road fun was curtailed for the day.

Check back soon as our sister site NZV8 will feature a full track test as soon as possible. In the meantime, watch the reveal, including a demonstration of the adjustable kerb-beating front suspension, and listen to the engine noise.


Hulme CanAm New Zealand – nearly the first drive on public roads (+video)

May 30th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

The Hulme CanAm has been six years and NZ$5m in the making – quite an achievement for such a small amount of money – and now the fund raising begins in earnest. A publicity stunt was organised: a reveal of the revised CanAm test mule (‘Bear 1′) in full road trim, and a quick jaunt around the block with Auckland Mayor (and confirmed petrolhead) John Banks.

The crowd turned up at Independent Prestige to see the CanAm surrounded by Aston Martins, Lamborghinis, Bentleys and Ferraris, but shrouded in a large chequered cloth.

After an extended speech by an emotional Jock Freemantle, iconic New Zealand race car driver Kenny Smith, Banks and several others involved in the team revealed the car.

Still packing the LS7 since we last reported on it back in February in our sister title NZV8, when it ran a demonstration at the A1GP at Taupo, the price has been revised downwards significantly to UKP220,000. This still puts it in Caparo T1 territory – a bold move in this economy.

Just as the very religious Freemantle finished thanking the Lord, the heavens opened in tropical downpour-style. All on-road fun was curtailed for the day.

Check back soon as our sister site NZV8 will feature a full track test as soon as possible. In the meantime, watch the reveal, including a demonstration of the adjustable kerb-beating front suspension, and listen to the engine noise.