TVR Tuscan Owners Guide – – resources for TVR Tuscan owners, FAQs, Common Problems, Modifications…

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Frequently Asked Questions

is the maximum RPM?

A large of owners have found the maximum usable output of the is around 6,400 – RPM. Pushing the engine this and up to its maximum (around RPM) can lead to damage and is not These figures do depend on the of engine and may be different for the various and year of the car (3.6L, 4.0L, S, etc).

What are the gear

Gear ratios and change-up at 7,000 RPM for the standard and close-ratio

Standard Gearbox

1st gear 2.95:1, 51 MPH

2nd gear – 77 MPH

3rd gear – 1.34:1, 112 MPH

4th – 1.00:1, 151 MPH

5th gear 0.80:1, MAX MPH

Close-ratio Gearbox

1st – 2.43:1, 62 MPH

2nd gear 1.56:1, 97 MPH

3rd gear – 122 MPH

4th gear – 1.00:1, 151 MPH

5th – 0.80:1, MAX MPH

What the RPMs be at idle?

Idle RPM can on many things – age of car and recent service, etc. As a the following can be used.

Normal engine speed after should be around 700-900 RPM

engine speed drops 100 RPM when aircon is switched on

do the EFI fault codes mean?

TVR Tuscan owners report the EFI warning dash light flicker on and off or come on randomly, due to moisture in the engine bay. people report having problem just after the car or in wet weather. Code L sometimes on and off randomly but is usually nothing to about!

The EFI warning light usually stay on if there is a serious problem. Below are the codes for the Tuscan MkI.

A Speedo sensor not activating switch

B – Speedo not releasing zero switch

C Water level sensor not zero switch

D – level sensor not releasing switch

E – Fuel sensor not activating zero

F – Fuel level not releasing zero switch

G Water level sensor circuit

H – Air temp open circuit

I – Oil sensor open circuit

J Oil pressure sensor open

K – Fuel level open circuit

L – road speed sensor

O – No communications between and control

Where can I get the engine software?

Where is the speed located?

What engine should I use?

Where is the oil sensor located?

The sensor is on the bottom of the oil tank. Two wires out of it and it can be seen best from the with the main bonnet

What should the normal oil be?

When the engine is warm 60°C), the oil pressure should be 9-12PSI at idle and 25-35PSI at RPM. This will depending on the engine, type of oil used and accuracy of oil pressure

Which oil do I use and how often should I it?

The oil level should be checked at once a week. Many use 5W/40 or 10W/40 after the mile service. The average oil seems to be around 1 litre per miles for the TVR Speed Six engine, many owners report hardly any in between services.

people have found using Mobil1 0/40 is too and gets used up too quickly.

At temperature do the fans come on?

the first fan should come on the water temperature reaches to 92°C. The second fan should on around 94°C. You’ll the faint click from the and you should be able to vaguely the fans.

What is the normal operating temperature?

Once the has been warmed up, the normal temperature range is from 65°C to 95°C. This vary depending on the engine, of oil being used, accuracy of gauge, ambient outside and the way the car is driven.

What replacement plugs do I need?

Alternatively, please see our ‘Parts and page for different suppliers and spark plugs fitting the

What is the normal water

What fluid does the need?

The standard gearbox is a T5 Type 240 and requires 1.4 litres of ATF Transmission Fluid), the TVR manual Mobil SHC (Synthetic Hydrocarbon

What is Hydratrak (standard on S)?

Hydratrak is a limited slip The Hydratrak coupling unit is a for life, fluid filled It houses an inner rotating which is also splined to the hand shaft, thereby both axle shafts via the unit.

Consequently, whenever is any relative wheel speed between the left and right driving wheels, there occur relative movement the Hydratrak unit, which in creates hydraulic resistance.

torque is then transferred to the rotating wheel in order to the vehicle with enhanced as well as tractive ability. hydraulic resistance also as the relative wheel speed therby providing a speed rather than torque type of limited slip ensuring smooth and progressive

In the event of the rear wheels under difficult tractive continued excessive wheel should be avoided to ensure heat is not generated within the which may cause premature

Where is the fuel cut-off

In the top section of the Tuscan’s boot it starts to curve in towards the screen there’s a velcro (covered in the same carpet as the of the boot). Lift the flap and a black rubber fuel switch.

Where is the carbon for the fuel return located?

fuel type does it

For daily driving Tuscans can be with normal Unleaded (95 RON). TVR suggests using RON Super Unleaded petrol for days.

How much does it to fill up the tank?

Based on per litre for unleaded petrol in the UK, the 55 litre fuel tank cost around Ј57 to fill up an empty tank.

Make you don’t overfill, and when the pump ‘clicks’ off at the petrols don’t continue filling to the It can cause the ECU to perceive fuel and the engine can cut out or not start.

What average MPG can I expect?

TVR report getting around MPG driving the Tuscan hard and 24-28 MPG at an average of 70MPH on the General driving would around 16-18 MPG. Do not trust the digital screen readout as many Tuscans actually have 3+ litres than what the screen

How big is the boot?

There is enough to store a couple of suitcases or clubs, plus the targa panel and rear screen.

size wipers do I need?

21 S wiper blades fit the Tuscan. recommended getting them spoilers as at speeds over the wipers can sometimes lift from the window.

What are the sizes?

The standard tyre based on the 18 TVR spider alloy are below. When changing or wheel sizes it is recommended to get a geometry set-up. Many report a dramatic improvement in


FRONT: 8.5 x 18 42 offset tyre size: 235/40/18)

8.5 x 18 33 offset (usual tyre 245/40/18)

Tuscan S

FRONT: 8.5 x 18 42 (usual tyre size:

REAR: 8.5 x 18 33 offset (usual size: 255/35/18)

Popular are Toyo T1R, Goodyear F1 and Sport.

What locking nuts will fit?

is the ground clearance?

The ground on most Tuscans is 120mm at the and sides. The Lowest part is the back boxes at 100mm. The S with the adition of the front has a ground clearance on 108mm.

It depends on whether you have suspension or aftermarket shocks and how high or low they are adjusted.

How big is it? it fit in the garage?

Length: 4235 mm in)

Wheelbase: 2361 mm (92.9 in)

(inc mirrors): 1810 mm in)

Height: 1200 mm (47.2 in)

track: 1445 mm (56.8 in)

Rear track: 1500 mm in)

Weight: 1100 kg (2425.1 lb)

Is it for a large/small person?

For somebody of there’s still more enough head-room with the on thanks to the low seating position. For of smaller stature, somebody of may have trouble seeing the dashboard and change-up lights. you can’t raise or lower the they only go back and

The pedals can be adjusted too for a more driving position.

Does the come with a spare

Tuscans don’t come a spare wheel or space-saver Instead they are supplied two cans of tyre weld can be used to temporarily repair a getting you home or to the nearest to get a replacement.

What should the pressures be?

Depending on how and where you these can be set to various PSI levels. people prefer different pressures for a softer or harder However for normal road use should be around:

22-24 PSI at the

24-26 PSI at the back

What of brakes are on the Tuscan?

Hydraulically discs all round. AP callipers are Standard rotor size is with the Tuscan S using rotors. The earlier calliper allen bolts to hold in the

The brake pedal itself can be by removing the alloy pedal and relocating the pushrod on the pedal There is a choice of location on it and the linkage. Adjusting this change the throw of the pedal and the pressure / pedal effort

Where do I find the Vehicle Number?

There should be a metal plate on the inside of the just below the lid catch the VIN printed on. This number match the one on your V5 registration and within your service log

Where is the fuse box?

type of replacement battery do I

Where is the ECU connection socket

The ECU connection socket is located on a MK1 to the right of the steering column, the dashboard. It is a small black 3 pin To connect it to a laptop you need a lead, available from Trevor.

The ECU software is available from the section.

Where is the battery and how do I get to it?

The battery is located in the passenger The easiest way to get to it is by taking the front wheel off, then the splash guard cover.

is the jump start socket

The jump start socket is under the car, in line the front of the passenger door the wheel arch. The socket has a red dust-cap cover that need to remove. You will jump-leads with an Anderson on one end.

You can also use an Accumate into which you can plug a charger to keep the battery

What are the three lights the steering wheel?

These lights replace a conventional rev on the dashboard and are set to show green, and red lights indicating engine These settings can be changed the LCD pod settings control and so the lights may on at different engine speeds on what the owner has set. The settings are:

Where is the rev displayed?

Above the steering there are 3 change-up notification configurable via the pod menu.

Where can I a list of torque settings?

can I find a list of geometry

How often should my car be serviced?

should be serviced every 12 or 6,000 miles, whichever first.

What should I in my car ’emergency kit’?

The Tuscan (usually available from dealer) comes with of the items listed below. If you have this it’s to obtain the following items to in the car for emergencies and when travelling

1/4 Drive socket set.




Hi visibilty jacket.

Jump with Anderson connector.

2 of tyre weld.

Tyre gauge and pump.

2 Litres of

1 Litre of water.

Spare cable.

Duct tape.


Insulation tape.

Fire extinguisher.

First aid

Heavy duty gloves.

the difference between a standard and S?

The S has a bigger bore engine more BHP than the standard rather than 350-360). are various other engine and are considered to be a little bit more

The S version comes with a limited slip differential, gearbox, gas discharge lights, a better suspension setup, lighter, has larger brakes up a DAB radio and external ariel, a front splitter and rear The lights at the back are also differently to the standard model the rear indicators being in the rather than LEDs at the top of the and the brakelights higher on the rear.

The Red version of the Tuscan was a model in the standard and S. It output more BHP standard and had a few of the engine upgrades and that eventually became the S. For of the different models, click .

What safety features the Tuscan have?

The Tuscan with side impact in the door panels and a rollcage. is no ABS, airbags or traction although the S version has a Hydratrak differential. The bodyshell does quite good impact as the curved panels do absorb well.

Rather than they shatter from

What are the red pull levers the dashboard?

What insurance is the Tuscan?

What insurance is the Tuscan?

Expect to pay around for a full service and Ј300+VAT for a service at a specialist dealer. prices vary quite depending on wich garage you your car to. If considering purchasing a phone around your garages to see what kind of they charge.

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