TVR Tuscan Speed Six

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2000 TVR Tuscan Speed Six

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The TVR Tuscan Speed Six into production early in and since then TVR have making inroads into the order bank of 1600 in order to bring the waiting down to manageable proportions. many of those orders from TVR’s existing a far larger proportion than before were from who decided to transfer their away from mass Recently TVR have updated the with two versions – a 3.6 car with the engine that is used in the Tamora and a 390 bhp 4.0 litre car is designated Tuscan S.

The TVR Tuscan Six is in essence a convertible in which two and their luggage could go on for a month with creature like air conditioning and power but without the car weighing much than 1000kg. It has TVR’s own six engine and has a novel roof whereby, despite looking a fixed head coupe, it is to stow its roof and rear in the boot, while still room for luggage. No computers been used in the styling of the car and team of stylists, led by Damien but with the close involvement of Peter Wheeler, took two sculpting the shape of this classic.

There are a number of advantages in a car in the manner that TVR does. and developing the shape solely by is an inordinately time-consuming business. as one only truly appreciates the of a car when one washes it, so it is TVR’s that one can only really get to with the design of a car over a period of time. Furthermore, it is to control a surface as subtly on a screen as when sculpting the car by

It is with this in mind one should view the new Tuscan. a vehicle is mass-produced the tooling longer to develop than the but that is categorically not the case The whole philosophy at TVR is that the of the car comes first so the constraints of industry thinking have not an issue.

As such, the philosophy the styling of the car has been that and form have been and the result has been left on Many of the features that this car extraordinary are there for engineering reasons but the simplicity and of their form enhances the look of the car. For instance, the bonnet arrangement, whereby the piece of the bonnet is bolted the car, is there for the reasons it is in most racing cars.

It is lightly stressed and means one is able to duct the airflow precisely. Furthermore, it is bolted place and therefore can be manufactured One of the notable features of the car is the way that the run along the top of the car so that if you draw you draw the shape of the car.

This shows its lines off to the advantage but also gives a far boot opening to make the much easier to stow in the

While it might be possible to say the exterior design of the car is relatively in concept, TVR has taken a minimalist to the interior. The very highest components have been and once again, function has form. The curved aluminium top to the for example, actually acts as one of the strengthening beams for the car.

The box, again hand from extremely high components, is left on show as it be a shame to hide craftsmanship it and it also serves to make fittings for customers that easier.

The original thinking of team of engineers and designers has manifested itself in the instrument again manufactured in house by The advantage of this is that it one to link it to the engine management which, combined with a of other sensors, results in an comprehensive range of instrumentation available.

Most immediately noticeable is the use of and brass which is a combination not in a car for many decades and which a sensation of warmth in the car without walnut. It is also notable a revcounter is not among the analogue This goes against the trend that in sports the revcounter should be to the forefront.

with today’s engine systems and the far wider rev ranges of powerplants, it is no longer necessary to the engine speed all the time. nowadays, even in racing road speed is far more Yet for those who wish it, the graphical LCD in the middle of the binnacle displays speed with just the two digits clearly visible, One style.

Alternatively, a myriad of readouts is easily selectable via a knob and so, while the binnacle is sophisticated, its appearance and operation is itself. These readouts road speed, engine fuel level, oil level, temperature, oil temperature, ambient air oil pressure, fuel pressure and voltage. Minimum and maximum are recorded.

Furthermore, on the top of the instrument is a graduated shift light again takes its inspiration Formula One racing cars. whole binnacle adjusts up and with the steering wheel so all the are always visible. The jewellers’ of the exterior is matched by an extremely tech interior with stepper motors operating the temperature and fuel gauges learn as they go along and an grade stepper motor the speedometer so that the instrument can up with the performance of the car.

All the rest of the switchgear is in the driver’s of sight and once again is and elegant. With the exception of the and window controls, all these expensive switches, as well as the are mounted high up on the dashboard. A lot of has also gone into the of the seats which have the built into the backrest so the buckle always falls to hand.

Furthermore, it is impossible to a seat height adjuster such a low car so the squab is removable. is primarily so that the many TVR who take their cars on days can more easily get the car with a crash helmet on benefiting from increased support.

The styling of the car has been much influenced by the fact it has a straight six mounted between the wheels and it is this engine is the heart of the car. Straight have somewhat gone out of because they cannot be transversely, be it in the front, middle or of the car.

However, TVR’s to the true course of sportscar i.e. mounting the engines in the to drive the rear wheels, it possible to use this most of sportscar engines. However, one eye has been on the past in terms of the of the layout, the other has been forward as the engine is very up to date.

Gruelling tests over the three and a half years shown its performance and reliability in prototypes as well as the Cerbera Six. Furthermore, in its doubled up, cylinder form, the engine has competition in the mighty Speed

One of the inherent characteristics of a straight six is it can be perfectly balanced and this one has a capacity of four litres and a output of 360 bhp. The all aluminium breaks away from the TVR in that it has a number of new features. It is the of TVR’s own engines to feature a valves per cylinder head gives higher volumetric at high rpm which helps to it its sporty nature.

Furthermore it has followers which allow valve accelerations which the engine’s torque. It also has driven twin overhead for a quiet reliable drive. it also features a grade of quality components and a level of technology design on a parallel its eight and twelve cylinder

Like the Speed Twelve and variants of the Speed Eight it has a dry sump which means it can sit low in the chassis and that it doesn’t from oil surge which can be a with the long sump for this configuration of engine. In the engine is canted over 15 to enable the bonnet line to be lower.

It also features forged conrods, slipper style pistons, thin wall liners and a fully counterweighted iron crankshaft. The chassis is on that of the Cerbera but in this is 8 shorter. This means it has improved interior room the Griffith and Chimaera but as the overall behind it, and indeed the dimensions, from the Tuscan Challenge car, the balance of the chassis ride and handling is as well as ever.

The other advantage of the chassis on that of TVR’s one race series car is that is probably no chassis anywhere in the that has been so often and so crash tested. Safety has uppermost in the designers thoughts the process and the roll cage, beams and transverse aluminium are evidence of that. The brakes are at the front with superb pot aluminium callipers and are 273mm at the

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