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Monday, May 29, 2023

The one-and-only TVR Cerbera Speed 12 considered too fast and too scariest

Road BEAST Perfectly insane, that's the only one catchphrase can be suited this British supercar of 2000s. Not only because its name adopted from one of Greek mythical creatures, Cerberus the underworld guardian's three-headed beast, but the 'Speed' also perfectly matched to attach after that, even tend to scary for some. 
Not only does it have a mean and scary look, it turns out that TVR Cerbera Speed 12 is also capable of spitting out terrible power. (Picture from: Motor1)
Wow, this supercars was built by TVR a sports car manufacturer from the United Kingdom. Indeed the Peter Wheeler founded company is famous for producing iconic cars under the type of coupe or roadster, and one-and-only the iconic cars that has ever been made to this day is the TVR Cerbera Speed 12.
The Cerbera Speed 12 has hood comes off as a single panel to hide its massive V12 engine that sits behind the front axle. (Picture from: Motor1)
As quoted from Motor1, physically this racing car has the typical appearance of a GT racing car in general with a low sleek body, long front nose design, while the rear is short with a high rear wing. If the hood is opened, it will reveal its V12 engine. While, the lower diffuser makes it look like a real race car, even though the car is said to be road legal.
The Cerbera Speed 12 has a low sleek body, long front nose design, while the rear is short with a high rear wing. (Picture from: Motor1)
Inside its cabin, there are two racing style carbon fiber seats. As with racing cars in general, the Cerbera Speed 12 is equipped with a roll cage and a simple dashboard display with a two-spoke steering wheel, several control knobs and the instrument panel consisted is an analog tachometer and a digital display underneath.
The Cerbera Speed 12's cabin has a full racing interior layout withwith a roll cage coupled with two racing style carbon fiber seats, a two-spoke steering wheel and a simple dashboard display consisted of several control knobs and the instrument panels. (Picture from: TopGear)
For your info, the Cerbera model was first introduced in 1996 as a 2+2 seat sports coupe, originally powered by a V8 engine. Then, TVR began to develop the Cerbera for its highest variation, namely the Cerbera Speed 12, equipped with a 7.7-liter V12 engine that can produce nearly 1,000 hp of tremendous power (though exact measurements were never made). So at that time TVR had claimed that the Cerbera Speed 12 had a higher top speed than the McLaren F1, which was 386 kph.
This is the phenomenal drivetrain of 7.7 litre V12 engine was highly over rated and probably produced power up to more 1,000 horsepower to drive the Cerbera Speed 12. (Picture from: TopGear)
As the result, TVR Cerbera Speed 12 never moved on from the prototype phase, although the prototype car itself is road-legal, hence its appearance on this list. That’s because 2,425 lbs weighted car with 900 horsepower was simply way too fast for the general population back in 1997. Don't know now? But I think it's still the same or are there already many other supercars that have this number of engine power bursts? What do you think?
The Cerbera Speed 12's rear has a tall wing and a bumper design that extends the vehicle's length. (Picture from: Motor1)
Furthermore, in-house 7.7 litre V12 engine was highly over rated and probably produced power up to more 1,000 horsepower. It was intended for 24 Hours of Le Mans, but never made it to France. It did, however, compete in the GT1 class of the FIA GT Championship where it was restricted to more fashionable 660 horsepower.
As quoted from Top Gear, the British company had also intended to make a road version, but the program was cancelled. So TVR did end up building just one Speed 12 road car. Recently, an auction house from England, Silverstone Auctions, conducted an auction at TVR Cerbera Speed 12 on May 20, 2023, and amazingly the car was successfully sold for a price of £601,500 (approx. $742,611 or Rp.11.145 billions), that's a new auction record for TVRs. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | MOTOR1 | SILVERSTONE AUCTIONS | TOPGEAR | WIKIPEDIA ]
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