Marking its return after a somewhat tumultuous few years, TVR unveiled its new Griffith at the Goodwood Revival today.
Created in collaboration with Gordon Murray’s renowned design and engineering firm, the new Griffith is also the first car to make use of the company’s new iStream production process.
Constructed from carbon composite materials bonded to steel and aluminium structures, wrapped in a carbon composite body, the new Griffith is expected to weigh less than 1250kg.
The strength of the underlying structure is said to offer impressive levels of crash protection, but in a way that minimises bodywork damage.
Its rigidity also provides a torsionally rigid platform from which its double-wishbone suspension with adjustable coil-over dampers and concentric springs can work effectively.
The TVR’s design incorporates a number of vents and grilles that, together with a flat floor, are all said to contribute to a full ground effect aerodynamics package to promote grip and stability at speed.
Steering is electrically assisted, although TVR say the set-up has been created specifically for the Griffith to maximise feel and stability.
Six-piston calipers clamp around 370mm two-piece floating brake discs at the front, with four-piston calipers and 350mm ventilated discs at the rear.
ABS is fitted as standard – a requirement of European Type Approval regulations – together with a configurable traction control system.
Power comes from a 5.0-litre naturally aspirated V8 engine originally from the Ford Mustang, but substantially altered by engine-tuning supremos Cosworth.
A dry sump system allows the engine to be mounted further back, creating a perfect 50:50 front/rear weight distribution.
Although the company hasn’t revealed outright power figures, it does claim a power-to-weight ratio of 400bhp per tonne, which would suggest around 500bhp.
TVR did say, however, that they anticipate a top speed of over 200mph, while 0-60mph should be dealt with in under 4.0 seconds.
In this age of double-clutch transmissions, it’s perhaps refreshing that the TVR Griffith will use a six-speed manual transmission from Tremec, the Magnum XL unit capable of withstanding up to 700lb/ft of torque.
For all its performance, the Griffith is described by TVR as a Grand Tourer, with the company claiming all-day comfort and long-distance practicality levels that make it suited to everyday use or a weekend away.
The majority of controls are arranged in a series of pods around a large digital instrument cluster, while the rest of the cabin makes use of leather, Alcantara and aluminium in copious amounts.
However, the new Griffith is not a large car, at only 4314mm long, 1850mm wide and 1239mm tall.
The new TVR Griffith is expected to enter production in late 2018, with prices starting from £90,000.