TVR has finally pulled the cover off the Porsche 911's rival - the Griffith, at the Goodwood Revival. TVR is owned by a group of private millionaires, and has been fronted by Les Edgar, a computer gaming company when they bought it four years ago. TVR has been around for 70 years now, and it was only in 2013 when the current owners began a lengthy restoration process of the sports car marque.
Now, the first new car the company has revealed since its revival is the two-seater Griffith, taking inspiration from the original TVR Griffith and the Tuscan, but with advanced aerodynamics. The model is built on a platform that uses Gordon Murray's innovative iStream architecture. David Seesing is the man who works as the go-between of TVR and Gordon Murray, and he says that maintaining the relationship of both companies is his main priority.
The two-seater has an iStream structure that features inner panels of carbon fiber bonded into the steel frame for durability, while keeping its weight down to 1250kg. Overall, it has a 50:50 weight distribution.
Under the hood is a 5.0 liter quad-cam V8 Mustang engine from Ford, that was tweaked by Cosworth, enabling it to produce 500 bhp. With this engine, the Griffith can accelerate from standstill to 62 miles per hour just under 4 seconds, before continuing to a top speed of over 200 miles per hour. The engine works with a Tremec Magnum XL six-speed manual gearbox that delivers power to the rear wheels.
It rides on 19-inch wheels at the front, and 20-inch in diameter at the back. It also sits on a double wishbone suspension with adjustable coilover dampers on the front and rear.
TVR built the Griffith to ensure it generates genuine ground-effect aerodynamics to improve high speed stability. It is the second front-engine production car that uses a flat floor. To be more specific, the car’s dimensions are 4,314mm long, 1,850mm wide and 1239mm tall. That also makes it the most compact car in its class. The Griffith is definitely smaller in scale compared to the Porsche 911.
TVR will first build 500 units of the Griffith that will have a Launch Edition badge. And the first batch has already been accounted for by the TVR 500 (a group of faithful customers). Each has already made a £5,000 deposit over a year ago, and they will receive their Griffiths sometime in 2019. The Launch Edition will be dressed in bespoke colours and will be equipped with their own version of the car’s infotainment system.
Though TVR could not drive the Griffith at the Revival, the show car is a fully drivable, fully finished car that is ready to be test driven right when the wraps come off.