TVR Speed 12, the supercar of 1,000 CV that your own creator feared

Before its bankruptcy – and subsequent rebirth – TVR was famous for producing sports radical, of very low weight and not suitable for all audiences: the driving aids were so non-existent that even could equip a system ABS. The time of maximum insanity occurred in the mid-90s. In 1996 TVR presented at the Salon of Birmingham the Project 7/12. A supercar whose final name would be TVR Speed-12, whose goal was to be faster than the McLaren F1. Even in this context, he wanted to “kill flies greatest hits”.

The myth that your engine was so powerful that I was able to break the power bank might be true.

the launch of The McLaren F1 and his coronation as the fastest car in the world again placed on the map in Uk as a manufacturer of supercars in the mid 90’s. The effect of drag caused many manufacturers were willing to fabricate rivals or machines able to overcome the almighty F1 and 371 km/h top speed. TVR had for decades been making fast sport and racing cars, and decided to embark on a project of supercar truly deranged. It was called simply TVR Speed 12.

using two engines Speed Six six in-line cylinders are installed in a Cerbera, the engineers TVR created a gigantic monster 12-cylinder in V and 7.7 liters of displacement. With a new engine block of steel, set out to test the maximum power of the beast. The story says that the engine broke the shaft power of the dynamometer where it was trying to figure out his number of horses. A dynamometer designed to withstand powers of up to 1,000 HP. What is the body?

Thanks to a tubular chassis made of aluminum and a carbon fiber body, only weighed 975 pounds.

With the gauge broken, engineers tested the power of the banks separately, obtaining a figure of 480 HP per frame. With this they obtained a figure of power estimated total of 960 HP. The original idea was to conquer the GT championship of the FIA, class GT1, to subsequently make the jump to the streets. In their race configuration, the engine was restricted to only 675 HP, but changes in the regulation of the FIA gave to the fret with your existence before the Speed 12 could stretch their legs.

The positive part is that the development was tapped for the Class GT2 and the project of the street car continued forward. In 2000 I was ready, and aesthetically it was a combination between a Cerbera and a radical racing car. It was held back by the enormous spoiler, flat bottom and even the rear diffuser. Your engine would develop at least 800 HP of power. But that all changed when the founder of TVR – Peter – Wheeler took a prototype of pre-production home one night, with the goal of enjoying it on the roads of britain.

The target price of the TVR Speed 12th street was about 245.000 gbp.

Wheeler returned the next day scared, saying that the car was a danger on the public roads, was too powerful and radical. He himself ordered to stop the development and to use the parts created for the maintenance of the units GT2 of competition. The only prototype, pre-production was sold to a particular through AutoTrader. This particular ceded it to the magazine EVO for a proof. It was the only one to get a score of 11.5 stars on 5, all that went in to layout.

The only legal unit for circulation on the road remains the property of the same enthusiastic and has suffered a series of mechanical modifications, such as, for example, internal components of titanium for the motor and a reprogramming electronics. Your current strength is estimated at about 830 HP, and is able to theoretically reach 100 km/h in about 3.5 seconds, equipped with a gearbox sequential Hewland 6-relationships. Its maximum speed is estimated at a mind-boggling 386 km/h.

it can Be seen usually in concentrations or engine event in the Uk. The car could also fly in the video game Gran Turismo 4.

Source: EVO |
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