the Ford Mustang but dry sumped, fitted with a lightweight flywheel and fully retuned to suit TVR's needs by Cosworth. No power or performance figures are so far quoted but Edgar says the basic design target is 400hp per tonne; given he's said the car will weigh around 1,200kg it doesn't take a maths genius to figure out that equates to around 500hp. In our interview Edgar also confirmed it will be offered in at least two states of tune, indicating Cosworth has found considerable extra headroom while calibrating the power delivery for a vehicle half a tonne lighter than the Mustang it was originally developed to power.
Even fitted to a Mustang test mule - we were shown footage of the car running at Bruntingthorpe - Edgar describes the V8 as "a f***ing animal", which will please those hoping new TVR hasn't forgotten old TVR's capacity for hairy-chested thrills. Edgar's personal taste for brawny Aston Martins - alongside various TVRs - extends to the monstrous, twin supercharged Vantage V600. Taking that into account when he says the new TVR must be "unapologetic", it's reasonably safe to assume this car won't be a shrinking violet. Even if the styling buck seems reluctant to emerge from under its sheet for now.
Now the tricky bit....
Getting Cosworth to tune up a crate V8 and extrapolating performance characteristics from a projected kerb weight isn't that hard, relatively speaking. At which point we introduce Gordon Murray and his much discussed iStream production system.
dedicated website but the basic gist is clever use of materials, streamlined production techniques and the dedication to stiffness, strength and weight-saving you'd expect from someone of Murray's background. From what Edgar and Chasey say iStream is key to them being able to deliver on both performance and price goals.
In its basic form simple spaceframes - initially from suppliers, later to be built in-house - exploit steel's proven abilities to both dissipate shocks and provide hard points for suspension, seats, subframes and the like. Triangulation traditionally provided by a lattice of smaller tubes instead comes from bonded in composite panels or - in the case of TVR's Launch Edition car - carbon fibre honeycomb. The decision to go for the latter was, says Edgar, a major one.
As already confirmed motorsport is also part of the plan, with a separate development team looking at ways to adapt the car to endurance racing. "Beating the Astons would be lovely," beams Edgar. Although most of the design hardpoints were set 18 months ago feedback from this side has influenced the road car, not least with an increase in 50mm to the track and some other modifications that, in Chasey's words, "make a big difference to the race car without compromising the road version."
"It's curvy, it's beautiful"
Homologation to EU rules for production runs of fewer than 2,000 per year offers a sense of the upper limit of potential TVR production and gives latitude to live true to the brand's traditional values of minimal nannying. It will have airbags and (switchable) ABS, plus a minimalist take on the kind of in-car gadgetry modern drivers expect. But it's safe to say it won't be an Audi-rivalling 'virtual cockpit', Edgar admitting that "we won't be able to go bespoke but we will make sensible decisions and it will be properly integrated into the car." For all the minimalism there will be a degree of opulence, in keeping with previous TVR cabins. "One of the things I love about my Sag when I get into it is I feel surrounded by it," says Les. "It's curvy it's beautiful - every part of the outside is curvy and beautiful - and bonkers - but the inside of it reflects that. And I love that about the Wheeler era TVRs."
How much money will these buyers have to cough up? The standard car that follows will apparently pick up where Sagaris pricing left off and in the realms of, as Edgar has it "souped up Caymans" like the GT4, meaning at least £60K. Edgar rightly identifies pricing as a "hot topic" but is unapologetic at the Launch Edition costing significantly more than this, promising a "sensational experience" for the early adopters and addition of a particularly special feature he's not willing to discuss at this point. Commence speculation here about what that might entail...
Aston Martin V600 picture courtesy of Bonhams