A sad day: TVR is officially no more
A TopGear.com tribute to the ambitious but often rubbish British company
Posted: 12 Jul 2012
The Cerbera, the little Tamora, Tuscan, Typhon and Sagaris had lush-but-perplexing interiors and electronics to match the over-ambition of their AJP engines. But they were fast and loud and lairy. They looked unfinished and often were and there was always another model in the pipeline which you never knew would appear or not. And if it did, whether it bore any relation to the concept that has previewed it.
The 1997 Speed 12 was the height of the company's ambition. Its 7.7-litre AJP12 was said to produce near 1000bhp (this a long time before Bugatti remember) and, at 1100kg it was meant to rival the McLaren F1 for pace. It never made it as a production car. Wheeler, a more than handy racer himself, decided it was just too much. Although a number of race cars were built only one road car ever made it. It is said to be ‘terrifying.'