TVR will continue its return to relevance in the 2018-19 World Endurance Championship, teaming up with the veteran Rebellion Racing team.
The pairing will be racing in the Le Mans Prototype 1 (LMP1) class, meaning Toyota won’t be racing itself after Audi and Porsche left the once-hotly contested segment.
“Endurance racing is a key part of TVR’s DNA, and our role as the primary automotive partner of Rebellion Racing TVR gives us a great opportunity to return to the sport for the first time in 13 years,” said Les Edgar, TVR CEO.
“It also allows TVR to work with a competitive racing team and apply the output to the development and production of not only TVR road cars, but also our future one-make series and track cars.”
The TVR Rebellion Racing racer, dubbed the Oreca Rebellion R-13, will hit the track at a WEC Prologue even held at Paul Ricard, France this weekend.
Along with the racing program, the TVR revival will be driven by the Griffith. Unveiled in September last year, the two-seat sports car will be powered by a 5.0-litre V8 engine and, rejoice, a six-speed manual gearbox. The 60mph (97km/h) takes less than four seconds, and the car tops out 322km/h.
The first run of the Griffith will be limited to 500 ‘Launch Edition’ builds, complete with unique wheels, a leather interior and a bespoke infotainment system.
Fans of the TVR brand – we know you’re out there – will notice this is the first time it has run at Le Mans since 2005, when it took on Circuit de la Sarthe in a Tuscan.
Of course, the brand has actually been around for more than 7o years. Founded in 1947 by Trevor Wilkinson, the independent British carmaker has seen numerous owners over the last decade.
Last time the Griffith name was used, it was applied to a car built between 1990 and 2001. Power also came from a 5.0-litre V8, and around 2600 were produced over its lifespan.
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