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Report: New TVR ‘MD-1’ With Corvette Power Coming In 2012


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Report: New TVR ‘MD-1’ With Corvette Power Coming In 2012

British sports car company TVR’s past is littered with drama, having almost been bankrupted on several occasions and more recently being tied up with Russian politics following a purchase by tycoon youngster Nikolai Smolenski. At one point there was even a pair of Florida businessmen linked with TVR and its future plans but for now it seems that just Smolenski is running the show and a new model is in fact in the works.

Speaking with Swiss magazine Revue Automobile, Nikolai Smolenski has revealed that a rejuvenated TVR could return as early as 2012 and with it a new model dubbed the MD-1.

The MD-1 is expected to ride on the same platform that spawned the previous Tuscan but a new powerplant in the form of the Chevrolet Corvette’s LS3 V-8 should feature. A high performance model complete with the 638 horsepower supercharged LS9 from the Corvette ZR1 supercar may also be offered, and with TVR’s penchant for no electronic aids whatsoever the MD-1 could certainly prolong the automaker’s reputation of building some of the craziest cars on the planet.

Like the Tuscan, the MD-1 will also be a convertible, with a fabric top and a raked windscreen. Development work is being handled in the UK by Brooklands-based AC Heritage and should be completed by the end of the year. Production, however, will be outsourced, possibly to a firm outside the UK.

If all goes to plan, the MD-1 will eventually be followed by a three-seater MD-2 and even an MD-3, the latter of which is expected to be something quite radical, even for a company like TVR.



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