Fun-loving Smolensky said TVR won’t be resurrected again.
The company officially closed in December 2006 (Peter Wheeler sold TVR to Smolensky in 2004) but the Russian young enterpreneur went on trying to give the brand a new reality. Indeed he made several fake announcements but, even according to “MY” personal insiders, it seemed something was happened.
Now Smolensky, who was by Autocar magazine, revealed that three prototypes were built: “A Tuscan Mk2 with a 400hp Corvette LS3 engine, a Cerbera powered by a BMW twin-turbo V8 diesel and a GT350 powered by a 100kW electric motor”.
What was the problem? SM said “ They all worked well but the costs were high. We would have had to sell them at between £100,000 and £200,000, which was too high to make sense”.
Are there any future plans? In my opinion there could be only one chance: some very rich guy could be so brave to “believe” that TVR is one of the leading British automotive brand ever created (like Lotus, like Radical, like Ginetta, like Caterham, like Noble) and assuming the risk to buy the brnad and invest (A LOT!) in its resurrection.
Passion for TVRs, I said this many times, is totally alive, garages are still in good business, clubs are many and organize a lot of events all along Europe. I think this enough.