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TVR Dead. Deader.

Posted July 17, 2012 9:00 AM by dstrohl

On July 11, English magazine Autocar published a brief interview with reclusive no-longer-boy billionaire TVR owner Nikolai Smolenski, and he confirmed that TVR is over for good. Smolenski told them that after building three test cars, "A Tuscan Mk2 convertible with a 400bhp Corvette LS3 engine; a Cerbera powered by a BMW twin-turbo V8 diesel; and a GT350 powered by a 100kW electric motor," he's done with building cars. "They all worked well, but the costs were high," he told Autocar. "We would have to sell them at between £100,000 and £200,000, which was too high to make sense."

Instead, he'll be applying the TVR name to some sort of wind turbine boondoggle, which…which we couldn't care less about. What we do care about is that he has no plans to sell the name (although he's indicated that huge piles of money would change his mind), and firmly intends to retire TVR from carmaking, forever.

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07/18/2012 8:14 AM

Today is a sad day for my thirteen year old self. . .

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