Is the company finally ready to build a car?
Way back in 2017, plucky British automaker TVR announced its return with an all-new model called the Griffith. The new car looks manic enough to continue the legacy of wacky TVR designs, especially when painted in an eye-catching shade like purple.
But this TVR should be more reliable than its predecessors as well because the engine is a 5.0-liter V8 from the Ford Mustang, which has been fettled by Cosworth to produce 480 horsepower. All of this sounds rather good, especially since the lone way to enjoy the TVR's American-sourced power is a six-speed manual transmission. The only problem? TVR still hasn't delivered any to customers.
At the end of 2018, news broke that the Griffith was facing delays because TVR needed to perform upgrades to its factory in order to accept funds from the Welsh government. Deliveries were pushed back until 2019 before a few months ago, they were pushed back again into 2020.
The news hasn't been great for TVR, but the company has finally published some good news on its Facebook page. "Great news - the Welsh Government have just announced that, following a pan-European tender process, they have selected the preferred contractor for the refurbishment of the factory building proposed for TVR's new manufacturing facility in Ebbw Vale, South Wales," the company said in a statement. "There are a few bits and pieces that need to be tied up before we can announce further details, but it's fantastic news for all concerned as we can state publicly that the sound of squealing tires and roaring engines will be coming to the Valleys very soon."
TVR didn't give a specific time frame for when deliveries will begin, likely to avoid missing another promised deadline. We assume the 2020 timeframe is still on the table now that the factory updates have finally been sorted out. It won't be too much longer before TVR is back for real.