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Saturday, December 29, 2018

Rare TVR Typhon

The original TVR Typhon concept car is one of rare supercharged street legal sports cars with a carbon fiber body. There was one road car prototype built in 2001 which was displayed during its lifetime and only three were ever built.
The 3 TVR Typhons together at a Goodwood event in 2012. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2Q0fRww)
The car is said the fastest TVR's production ever built. This car built by those British company in their factory in Blackpool between 2000 and 2006.
The first prototype or PN02. Originally badged as TuscanR, then T400R, finally T440R. Generally referred to as the T400R or De Walt car. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2Q0fRww)
Historically, the making of this car began in the late 1990s, Peter Wheeler (TVR founder) began the project that would fulfil his ambition to see the TVR's at Le Mans. An entirely new car was going to be needed. It would need to be built by using modern composites materials be more rigid than any previous TVR. 
The T400R Prototype known as PN02 in De Walt colours. Used by TVR to promote the Le Mans series racing. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2Q0fRww)
Initially, TVR Typhon began its life as a a two-seat sports car named TuscanR (TVR T400R) following the Tuscan racers (TVR Tuscan Challenge). These both composite bodied racing/road car was appeared for the first time at the 2000 NEC Motor Show in Birmingham.
The T440R prototype. Like PN02, it was also seen with both TuscanR and T400R badges in 2001. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2Q0fRww)
Its initailly designed for 200 mph (322 kph) on the Mulsanne Straight, to be stable and above all to be win. And so began what started labelled as the TuscanR (TVR T400R) and finally resulted in the 200 mph+ Typhon was the fastest and most expensive production car in TVR's production history.
The T440R roadcar. Often referred to as 'LNT1' as it was originally Lawrence Tomlinson's car. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2Q0fRww)
In 2002, there were two models offered; a GT Championship spec race car and a road car which could be ordered as a 2+2 variant. They were offered with a 4.2 litre version of the TVR speed six engine and a suggested 450 bhp. As the total weight was around 1,000 kg this was double the power to weight ratio of a Porsche 911 Turbo!
The original show car of TVR Typhon (No.2). This was the Reflex Charcoal car that did all the motor shows. Originally owned by post Peter Wheeler (TVR) era owner of TVR. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2Q0fRww)
The cars used a TVR's 4000 cc or 4200 cc (4000 cc supercharged) straight six, fuel injected engine mated with of five speed manual gearbox (six speed sequential gearbox) and quoted a top speed of over 200 mph by carrying four adults in it. The first batch of 50 sold out at the show even with a £75,000 price tag.
TVR Typhon (No.3) Technically the only Typhon ever delivered directly to a private customer. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2Q0fRww)
During the subsequent development and prior to production of customer cars the model name was changed to T400 to reflect a new offering of a 400 bhp engine power with a standard Borg Warner T5 gearbox and T440R for the Le Mans race cars.
TVR Typhon (No.1 originally supercharged + sequential gearbox). Never delivered but retained by the factory until it closed. Privately owned since 2010. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2Q0fRww)
The first prototype T400R road car had the TuscanR body and was subsequently painted in DeWalt colours and although a non-runner at this point was used during the press launch onboard HMS Invincible, the following cars had the later T400R body style.
Records do not exist from the factory so production numbers are very unclear, but most agree that one true Typhon exists, with a Vortex supercharger and six speed sequential gearbox putting out about 550 bhp. Ex TVR staff suggest that four Typhons may have been built altogether though. *** [EKA | FROM VAROUS SOURCES | TVR CLUB CAR | WIKIPEDIA | WIKIWAND]
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