TVR might have hoped that the T440R sports activities automotive would change the way forward for automotive design, however the firm went out of enterprise earlier than that would occur.
Regardless of this unlucky little bit of timing, the British marque managed to construct one instance of the gorgeous, futuristic sports activities automotive earlier than going underneath. And now the one-of-a-kind coupé could possibly be yours, through UK uncommon automotive supplier Auto Lounge.
The 2003 T440R was a homologated street automotive based mostly on the British marque’s T400R race automotive which raced at Spa, Sebring and Le Mans in 2003, experiences CarBuzz. The corporate constructed 4 automobiles with the intention to meet FIA homologation necessities. Three of these had been Typhons, which had been every fitted with a naturally aspirated 4.0-liter straight-six engine.
Not like these street automobiles, the T440R was powered by an excellent brawnier 4.2-liter straight-six, which featured a gas-flowed cylinder head, metal crankshaft, carbon-fiber airbox and bespoke exhaust headers. Mated to a five-speed handbook transmission, it was so highly effective that TVR felt the necessity to detune it. Even then, it was nonetheless able to producing a really strong 440 hp, accelerating from zero to 60 in lower than 4 seconds and hitting a high pace of 200 mph. Mainly, it was a street-legal race automotive.
Simply as noteworthy, although, is the T440R’s flamboyant design. With an extended prolonged nostril, flowing traces and a sloping roofline, the car seems just like an Italian sports activities automotive from the Seventies quite than one thing constructed proper after the flip of the millennium. Finishing the retrofuturistic vibe are a good-looking pair of inset headlights, mag-style wheels and built-in rear spoiler. This daring sensibility carries over to the inside, which has an area spaceship-style cockpit, two-tone leather-based seats and chrome accents in all places the attention can see.
T440R stays one of many extra fascinating fashions from TVR’s lengthy and winding historical past (the corporate was resurrected final decade, although we’re nonetheless ready on a brand new car). And one of many rarest, as effectively. Due to this, it’ll value a good quantity to get your arms on the one-and-only instance of the fashionable pace machine. Regardless of having over 25,000 miles on the odometer, Auto Lounge at the moment has the automotive listed for £192,990, or about $264,000. True exclusivity comes at a worth.