The uprated V8 will now be used in the Melling Wildcat, a new two-seater British sportscar. The AJP8 was the first of TVR’s own engines and debuted in the Cerbera. It had one of the highest specific outputs of any normally aspirated V8 at the time.
But now Melling says he has squeezed even more power out of the unit, although an exact figure is yet to be published. The Melling V8 will be offered to the motorsport world, as the engine has established its pedigree in the TVR Tuscan challenge cars.
The major updates are more power across the range, and a better design of the pistons and rings. The Melling V8 sees a return to the solid billet crankshaft and there is a completely new intake system. The unit features a new design of cylinder liners and new camshaft profiles.
Dry Sump – Race Variant
Max torque: 407lb/ft @ 5,200 rpm
Max bhp: 448 @ 7,200 rpm
Engine weight: 118 Kgs (Including Alternator)
Wet Sump – Road Variant
Max torque: 390lb/ft @ 5,200 rpm
Max bhp: 418 @ 7,200 rpm
Engine weight: 123 Kgs (Including Alternator)