The TVR Griffith has been delayed and now will not make its promised 2019 street date.
For those not up on their boutique British sports car manufacturers, that’s what TVR is. Or was, from 1946 to 2006. In between now and then there were quite a few changes in ownership, one bankruptcy, and a bunch of beloved British-built sports cars.
Then in 2006, TVR underwent a lengthy corporate restructuring program that finally ended in 2015 when the company began development on the second generation of Griffith sports car. The prototype was revealed way back in 2017 during the Goodwood Festival of Speed, with a planned manufacturing start date of 2019.
What TVR made seemed to be a pretty impressive sports car. Under the hood was a Ford-sourced 5.0-L Coyote V8 engine (the same as powering the Mustang GT) but tuned by Cosworth to produce 500 hp. Zero to sixty was said to be done in just 4.0 seconds on its way to a top speed of 200 mph.
Extensive use of carbon fiber and aluminum kept the Griffith’s weight down to an impressive 2,756 lbs while also maintaining a 50:50 weight distribution. Power is routed to the rear wheels via a 6-speed manual transmission, while handling is improved with double-wishbone suspension and adjustable coilovers.
TVR’s plan was to begin production in 2019 with deliveries to start later in the year, but that plan has been dashed by government red tape. According to Car Magazine (by way of Jalopnik), TVR’s factory won’t be completed until late 2019, with deliveries presumably beginning sometime in 2020.
At issue is a loan from the Welsh government for a 3% stake in the company. In order to comply with EU rules, the process for tendering that loan “must now take place over seven months across Europe, rather than just local companies."
The process won’t close until January of 2019, and refitting the factory for Griffith production will take 6 months to complete.
On the plus side, TVR still seems committed to making their fancy new sports car, and hopefully it will turn the company’s fortunes around.