Given it's now 2016, that means the
new TVR sports car
should be only two years away. In the latest preview of the much anticipated sports car, TVR has said it will offer a carbon fibre chassis.
The official line is that "TVR will produce an exciting Launch Edition model with a carbon fibre chassis and offer it as a cost-effective option for subsequent orders", which bodes well for rigidity, weight and handling. The flexibility between the carbon and regular composite construction is made possible by Gordon Murray's iStream manufacturing process, now expanded to iStream Carbon. TVR has said it allows "a revolutionary standalone tub and shell made from carbon fibre composite at a fraction of the cost that other methods allow." Sounds like quite the engineering feat if it can be pulled off.
Following our news that 250 orders had been received last year, there are currently said to be more than 300 orders. There are just a few build slots for the Launch Edition remaining, so get in there fast if you're interested.
Naturally Gordon Murray is optimistic about the expansion of his iStream process, remarking on how the high volume but affordable carbon "sets new standards in the automotive industry for chassis lightweighting, rigidity and safety". It will certainly help towards the 1,100kg target weight.
Finally, expect to see how the new TVR looks sometime in 2016. Les Edgar has said that it will be unveiled at a public event "in the coming months". Hopefully some exciting times ahead for TVR then!