After two years of care, the car will finally hit the road.
British automaker TVR closed the doors to its Blackpool production site back in 2006 with several unfinished examples of the Sagaris sports car left to rot. TVR is making a comeback with an all-new sports car called the Griffith, which is powered by a 480-horsepower 5.0-liter V8 from a Ford Mustang, which has been tuned by Cosworth. But in typical TVR fashion, the launch of the Griffith has been anything but smooth and the car has faced multiple delays.
Deliveries of the Griffith won't begin until 2020 but in other good news, a brand-new TVR will hit the streets in 2019. TVR enthusiast Ashley Sutherland took ownership of an unfinished Sagaris from the factory in Blackpool. Over the past two years, he has been restoring the car to the level of glory it was never able to reach after TVR closed. The project is now nearing completion.
A record of the restoration is kept under the Instagram account tvrsagaris_build. Sutherland calls himself a "custom car builder" and refers to the account as the "home of the BMW 1M V8 Venturing into the TVR world and currently building a factory TVR Sagaris shell."
Before working on the Sagaris, Sutherland also received notoriety by stuffing a V8 engine into a BMW 1 Series M. His love of BMW vehicles clearly shows on the TVR project because he has opted to use a BMW shift knob and a cupholder from a 6 Series, since the Sagaris doesn't have any cup holders from the factory.
However, the heart of the project is a 4.0-liter TVR Speed Six engine producing 406 horsepower. This just so happens to be the most powerful naturally aspirated inline-six ever sold in a production car. Sutherland has been working on this project for two years and plans to take the car out on its first drive this weekend. Amazingly, this means Sutherland will have single-handedly built a running car in a shorter time than the real TVR.