This Is What Over 750hp Does To Your Tyres

This isn’t the first time that Paul Black’s frantic TVR Sagaris has graced Speedhunters.

We originally featured the car back in 2014 – however this is the first time that I’ve been fortunate enough to see, hear and feel this thing in action. I say feel because well, the noise just travels through you as this it decimates rubber.

Jesus wept.

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The Sagaris is the pinnacle of TVR’s wild design ideas for the road. Details like the sideways-facing exhausts, complete with motorbike-style exposed cans, huge gills in the front wings, cuts, swoops and slashes scattered around the curvaceous bodywork and lights, transparent drag-style wing, low suspension, big wheels and sleek profile are all things you’ll very rarely see an OEM deliver on.

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This is car design with the excitement of an adventurous designer left sharp and intact, rather than muted by unease about whether it’ll appeal to the masses.

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The Sagaris originally came with one of TVR’s own 4.0-litre ‘Speed Six’ inline six powerplants, sending 405hp spinning towards the rear wheels, however TVR were never a brand best-known for their reliability. Perhaps Paul’s upgraded version is the ultimate answer to this?

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Packing a 6.3-litre supercharged GM LS9 motor under the bonnet, the power output has been upped by some 345hp over stock, with an outrageous 750hp on tap. This is thanks, in-part, to a host of Lingenfelter components, from the camshafts to the throttle bodies and intake manifold. Combined with a kerb weight of under 1,100kg, it should be no surprise that this British brute destroys brand new rubber in seconds.

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While TVR is now under new management, and there’s a new second-gen Griffith on the way, we’re yet to see whether their new range (due 2019) lives up to the extravagant nature of their past creations.

If it makes me feel a tenth of what this thing does then I, for one, sincerely hope it does.

Jordan Butters
Instagram: jordanbutters
jordan@speedhunters.com

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1

Lovely car

Dunno if you knew this trivia, but the louvers over the front wheels were filled in during late production to stop stones from being spat out at the windscreen. Can't tell if this one has had them re cut out.

2

That was an urban myth, they built them originally with the vents. TVR found that it took to long to cut the holes after pulling it from the mold and wanted to save money. So they wrapped Clarkson in the Union Jack and whispered that into his ear.

3

I did always wonder why they just didn't add a mesh to each vent.

This does sound like a very TVR reason to not do something though. Money.

4

Seems like something that could be solved with the careful application of hardware cloth, to keep the stones away and keep the pressure relief at the wheel arch somewhat intact.

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Jay Soh Tsu Chung

Still one of the most memorable cars to grace Speedhunters.

6

what a car !!

7

Yeah, but who could forget the Cerbera? THAT was a crazy car.

8

Awesome article, LS9 is a 6.2 tho

9

They punched it out .1 liters by honing the cylinders...prolly.

10

The LS engines only have on throttle body. (Harrop and two others make an itb intake.) Also the LS9 is a 6.2 liter engine.

11

That's nuts. It somehow makes a TVR even more bonkers. Great images Jordan as usual!

12

Why is everybody whining about the engine size? Technically, the LS9 is a 6.3 if you consider that 383ci is 6.276cc and this number is closer to 6.300 than 6.200 lol

Amazing car, I've always been facinated by TVRs raw approach to performance and their crazy design features!

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