Please raise your door if you’re a Triumph-inspired concept car
London design house celebrates 100 years of Triumph by reimagining a land speed record holder from 1953
This, folks, is the Triumph TR25, a concept car dreamed up by London automotive design house Makkina to, um… actually, we’re not sure why. Nonetheless, here you go.
In fairness, Makkina gives a bunch of reasons: it's celebrating the 25th year of its own existence, and decided that paying homage to Triumph a century after it built its first car was a suitable way to let its designers loose.
The car you see here is based on the Triumph TR2 MVC575, which set the land speed record for sub-2.0-litre cars a smidge over 70 years ago, recording a run of 124.889mph on a closed motorway in Jabbeke, Belgium. See the pic below; that’s test driver Ken Richardson stood in the background.
As such the TR25 features the same aero-optimised surfaces, as well as the offset driving position (but with a flip-out seat optional for a passenger), and headlights that mimic the original’s (ish).
Makkina also claims 50:50 weight distribution and a low centre of gravity for proper sports car handling. Inside there are minimal instruments or controls, with a self-centering dial in the middle of the steering wheel displaying the most vital info and a central binnacle for road speed, charge and range.
Yes, charge and range. Because the TR25 - of course - is electric. The powertrain is borrowed from the BMW i3S, which is odd until you remember that BMW owns the rights to the Triumph name and Makkina needed its blessing for its creation. Sounds like a sweetener to us.
“Our aim was to update the true character of the original record-breaking ‘Jabbeke’ TR2 with our design, through both interior and exterior design,” said Michael Ani, director of Makkina. “Using the BMW i3S platform allows us to create a blend of old and new with the TR2-inspired body shape and the versatile and adaptable powertrain, creating a seamless, fully electric experience.
“The i3S platform proves that driving an electric car can be fun! The combination of instant torque, acceleration, agility and silence are as compelling now as ever.”
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