TVR’s latest sports car will feature a fully carbon fibre structure

Les Edgar, chairman of TVR, and Gordon Murray
TVR has announced that carbon fibre construction options will be available when its new sports car goes on sale in 2017. The lightweight carbon fibre composite structure will be supplied by Gordon Murray Design, and has confirmed that an initial limited edition production run of 300 cars will feature carbon construction as standard.

Famous for his design leads in F1 and on road cars, Gordon Murray has developed an innovative ground effect aero chassis and body package using his iStream manufacturing methods. iStream Carbon allows TVR to produce a revolutionary stand-alone tub and shell made from carbon fibre composite at a fraction of the cost that other methods allow.

Gordon Murray, chairman of Gordon Murray Design said: “From early on it became apparent that there was no reason why we couldn’t develop a carbon fibre chassis structure for the new TVR at a lower cost than manufacturing processes previously allowed. Our iStream Carbon technology is the world’s first affordable, yet high volume, carbon fibre chassis and body structure and sets new standards in the automotive industry for chassis lightweighting, rigidity and safety.”

Les Edgar, chairman of TVR, added: “Historically, carbon fibre has been reserved for motorsport and high-end supercars, but now TVR will be offering customers a slice of that technology at a fraction of the price. The carbon manufacturing process really is a game changer, and one I’m delighted to offer to all of our early adopter Launch Edition customers within the package cost.”

Both carbon fibre and the standard composite construction will be manufactured using iStream design and manufacturing techniques, which is said to simplify the assembly process to allow greater flexibility as well as reducing cost and increasing the car’s safety and rigidity.

Edgar continued: “Our intent is to unveil the styling of the new car in the coming months at a public event.”

Author
Tom Austin-Morgan

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