Never before has so much effort and resource been applied to TVR development.Cars have been tested at high altitudes, at extreme temperatures, with low-grade fuel and at prolonged high speeds in Bahrain, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa and the USA. The driveline, air conditioning and heat shielding were particular areas of focus. Despite the fact that TVRs have never undergone this kind of testing before, the cars performed exceptionally well. Changes have been small, but many, with an emphasis on component durability and manufacturing consistency.
Just as important as the international test programme is the work closer to home, focusing on the quality of components and the ways in which the cars are manufactured. Of course, TVR has also benefited from motorsport testing of the Speed Six engine now fitted to every model in either 3.6 litre or 4.0 litre versions. The road-going 4.0 Speed Six is virtually identical to the Tuscan 400R engines that completed Les 24 Heures du Mans 2004 and which have also numerous class and outright wins in GT Endurance racing.
Press reviews and customer feedback have already recognised the significant steps made in vehicle quality and it is a measure of TVR's confidence that it will support a longer mechanical warranty term.
TVR Head of Marketing Phil James says, "We think the improvements in quality and durability will be warmly welcomed. You can't see them but you will appreciate them every day you drive a TVR."