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The TVR Cerbera

In November 1994, sales of the TVR Griffith and the TVR Chimaera well, the sports car manufacturer a third car to the range, the TVR Cerbera.

car represented a landmark in TVR production as it was the in the history of TVR sports cars to be by an engine not bought in from car manufacturer.

About the Engine

This was the AJP8, a light V8 unit designed by Al Melling’s Melling Consultancy Design and specifically for TVR.

This was unique in that its kgs⁄bhp was of a class only seen is motorsport contests. The crank was also so strong it was capable of used as a stressed member.

Consultancy Design (MCD) had heritage as the company that was for the design the V12 engine supplied to Tom Racing (TWR) and which their Jaguar car to four wins at Le Mans.

Initially, the TVR Cerbera was powered by the AJP V8, producing 360bhp. In July a 4.5litre V8 version became and which produced 420bhp. In 1998 a third AJP engine in the Cerbera, this time a straightsix cylinder unit, TVR developed as the SpeedSix.

Hence the of the TVR Cerbera SpeedSix.

All TVR’s to AJP Power

The Cerbera represented Peter intention for all future TVR’s to be by engines that were and built by his company. He didn’t to be reliant upon thirdparty suppliers and so have more over what went his cars.

True to normal in engine testing and development, the AJP were first tested on the track. Race prepared AJP V8 cars soon established superiority over the Rover V8 in the TVR Tuscan Challenge series.

TVR even set up a works team to in the National GT series with a GT. This car showed promise and but suffered from poor due to lack of development.

The SpeedTwelve

TVR’s commitment to motor was reinforced when the company again caused a Motor sensation with an awesome prototype, a car that was codenamed This was a beast of a car that 660bhp from a new 7.7litre TVR V12 power unit.

The engine was actually built the design of two recently launched AJP engines, but in a Vconfiguration.

There was at the time of a 200mph top speed and a Le entry. Although Le Mans happened for this car it did hit the racetracks the 1998 British GT Championship, by time it had been named the TVR

By the time production of the TVR Tuscan had got underway in the year 2000, the prototype car had been mothballed. But the unit was applied to a newer this being based on the TVR .

There was even an outrageous going version of the Cerbera which boasted potential output in excess of 800bhp, and rather predictably, the TVR Cerbera

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