The long-anticipated comeback of the TVR Griffith seems set to be bolstered by an EV model
Words: Paul Guinness
The long-anticipated comeback of TVR – one in every of Britain’s best-known specialist sports activities automotive manufacturers – has taken a recent flip with the information that the forthcoming Griffith is being readied for an all-electric powertrain.
The newest data suggests the agency is getting again on monitor with its revival plan, which has seen quite a few setbacks because the all-new Griffith was first unveiled in September 2017. The all-new TVR Griffith is now anticipated to launch with an electrical possibility in 2024; the V8 model was initially scheduled for manufacturing in 2019, a date that has been pushed again a number of instances since.
TVR plans to make use of 200 individuals at its new base in Ebbw Vale, Wales, with the manufacturing unit just lately present process in depth renovation, and the corporate says it has made “vital progress” with the challenge. There are stories that TVR will shortly be signing a brand new lease now that the shell of the constructing is prepared for the set up of tooling and gear.
The information of TVR’s first-ever electrical automotive follows a deal made earlier this 12 months; TVR agreed a “multimillion-pound funding” from South American accomplice agency Ensorcia, which describes itself as a gaggle of corporations “devoted to the event of net-zero carbon expertise and environmentally sustainable manufacturing and processing of battery metals in South America”.
TVR insists that the unique idea of a 5.0-litre V8 Ford-Cosworth-powered Griffith continues to be going forward, and says it has taken deposits in opposition to orders positioned – though it gained’t reveal what number of, or what the order financial institution represents financially.
The firm has confirmed that “additional funding is required to ship the pre-existing order e-book”, and that “discussions are ongoing with various potential fairness buyers”.
Could we lastly be seeing the arrival of the brand new TVR Griffith after years of delays? We’ll have to attend to search out out – however right here’s hoping.