British sports car manufacturer TVR says it’s almost ready to build cars again, and will offer an electric version of its reborn Griffith in 2024.
It’ll join the V8-powered Griffith, revealed in prototype form in 2017 and also due in 2024.
TVR says the electric Griffith will be the first in a family of electric vehicles.
“Our collaboration with the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship and on-site activations at the Monaco and London E-Prix not only demonstrate our commitment to revolutionising the TVR brand, but to EV, and become a sustainable, net-zero business,” said TVR chairman Les Edgar.
“Our plans to bring TVR EV’s to market are well underway, with the first of two models to be released shortly after the release of the newest Griffith and Limited-Edition Griffith models in 2024.”
This announcement follows another multi-million pound investment from South American lithium mining firm Ensorcia Metals, through its affiliate Ensorcia Automotive.
This money is said to go towards “production preparation of the V8-engined Griffith, development of the brand’s first in a family of EV models, an electrified, limited edition variant of the Griffith, as well as a repayment of debt previously provided by the Welsh Government”.
TVR and Ensorcia first announced their joint venture back in November 2021.
Further details of this upcoming Griffith EV are scarce but it’s expected to be built on a similar version of the Gordon Murray Design lightweight iStream architecture that’s set to be used in the V8-powered Griffith.
TVR has faced a number of setbacks with the Griffith since it was first revealed in 2017 at the Goodwood Revival.
Originally set for production and deliveries in 2017, EVO reports the V8-powered sports car is now “firmly scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2023”.
Autocar reported production delays were in part due to the Welsh Government’s investment in TVR, specifically European Union rules surrounding state funding.
The second-generation Griffith will use Ford’s 5.0-litre Coyote V8, with a claimed power-to-weight ratio of 298kW per tonne.
The V8 engine will be mated to a six-speed manual transmission and it’ll also have a custom clutch, flywheel, ECU and dry-sump.
There’ll also be a “full ground-effect aerodynamic package” that helps keep the car glued to the road, allowing it to corner better and be more stable at higher speeds.
The company is still taking £5000 (A$8775) deposits for the new, V8-powered Griffith. It’s also aiming to produce a maximum of 500 Launch Edition models too.
TVR in its current form is led by Les Edgar, who has been in charge since 2013 and has had previous successes in the early 2000s with taking Aston Martin back to endurance racing.
Initially focussing on offering support for existing TVR vehicles in the form of parts, Mr Edgar has led the company back to vehicle production.
The company is currently based out of a factory in Ebbw Vale, Wales, which is still undergoing renovations that were first announced in December 2020.
TVR hasn’t manufactured cars since 2006, when it closed its Blackpool factory.
The first-generation Griffith ended production in 2002, and was succeeded by the Tamora.