Exploring the possible renaissance of TVR brand, one of the most exciting could be the TVR Typhoon which should have been introduced at Geneva 2007. According to our TVR poll (on the right column), TVR Enthusiasts would love to see a TVR Sagaris MK2 too. But here is another proposal: the TVR Sonitus concept.
It was designed by Mark Przeslawski during his final year at Coventry University studying Transport Design. Przeslawski developed the Sonitus while also working on another project, the ESC concept, at the same time. The Sonitus was conceived as a way of celebrating TVR and combining it with an innovative drivetrain. Przeslawski took inspiration from the excitement which surrounded the space race and jet age, a time when records were being broken almost daily and technology was developing at an amazing rate. This feeling of excitement and ingenuity led to TVR being the chosen brand for the Sonitus project.
The drivetrain of the TVR Sonitus concept consists of a bio-diesel fueled gas turbine engine, electric motors and batteries. This hybrid system allows the turbine to continually run supplying a unique noise to the Sonitus, whilst the batteries and electric motors flatten out the power curve, delivering instant power, torque and acceleration at all times. The voluptuous styling and bulging arches are immediately identifiable as belonging to TVR, while the long bonnet and cabin located toward the rear give the Sonitus traditional sports car proportions mixed with contemporary shapes. The wavy slit-like headlights suit the lines of the car perfectly and provide the starting point for a shoulder line which runs the length of the vehicle.
The interior has been designed to reflect both TVR’s traditional interior design cues, and also the unique powersource. This has resulted in a high centre console, which is familiar to most TVR’s, combined with a stylized reference to the gas turbine engine.