It's been three years since the Mustang-powered TVR Griffith was revealed.
TVR made a triumphant return to the automotive industry back in 2017 with the reveal of the all-new Griffith sports car. Powered by the same 5.0-liter V8 engine from the Ford Mustang GT sending 480 horsepower to the rear wheels through an old-school manual gearbox, the Griffith has a sports car fan's dream setup.
TVR claims this will enable to Griffith to accelerate from 0-62 mph in less than four seconds and reach a top speed of around 200 mph. But three years later, not a single customer car has rolled off the production line. Originally, TVR planned to launch the Griffith in late 2018, but work on improving the company's factory in South Wales was delayed due to EU regulations, pushing back the car's production. Thankfully, TVR now has some positive news to share.
TVR has reached an agreement with the Welsh government to begin an extensive renovation of its factory in mid-January 2021. As part of the renovation, the main building's roof will be replaced, the structure will be recladded, and extensive groundworks will be carried out.
"This is a fantastic milestone in our mission to rejuvenate an iconic British brand, and we are all tremendously excited to witness the renovation of our new home in Ebbw Vale," said Les Edgar, Chairman of TVR. "We have hundreds of faithful depositors worldwide who are patiently waiting to take delivery of their Griffiths, so today I hope they are just as delighted as we are.
"Our partners at the Welsh Government have shown stoic support through challenging times and I must extend my personal thanks to all those who share our vision of helping to develop a sustainable automotive sector in South Wales."
The restoration work will also enable TVR to prepare a prototype build area at the side of the main production area. TVR hasn't offered an update on when the Griffith is expected to start production, but this is a massive step forwards that should hopefully prevent further delays. If all goes well, we could see the Griffith finally enter production in 2022 as planned, five years after it was revealed.