After a long wait, TVR has finally confirmed the release of Griffith in 2022, and it will undoubtedly be worth the wait. The Griffith sports coupe was introduced by TVR in 2017 and was slated to enter the streets by 2018.
The debut was delayed due to delays in the company’s Welsh factory redevelopment, followed by the pandemic. After a long absence, TVR has confirmed that the much-anticipated Griffith will be produced in 2022.
The Griffith is built by Gordon Murray, a prominent figure in Formula One, and it will have a slew of F1-grade technology. More intriguingly, the Griffith will not be a limited-edition vehicle, as the business plans to produce over 2000 vehicles per year.
Griffith drew media attention when it debuted at the 2017 Goodwood Revival, because of its stunning sports car silhouette and F1 connection. Because of the delay, the Griffith is likely to contain some new and intriguing features that were not available in the prototype.
A Brief look at the Griffith
The Griffith will embody TVR’s primary principle of ‘Spirit Of Driving.’ Following this principle, the automobile is meant to be aerodynamically precise and provide the driver with a pleasurable ride. Furthermore, the Griffith will be a vehicle that is primarily focused on the driver.
The famed Gordon Murray’s revolutionary iStream architecture will be featured for the first time in a production sports car. The iStream architectural technology is inspired by F1 cars, which ensure a lightweight vehicle framework and good torsional rigidity for the chassis.
The bodywork will be made of carbon composite, which will be attached to a steel and aluminum framework.
The Griffith may now have a dry weight of less than 2,866 pounds thanks to the redesigned iStream chassis. Furthermore, the engine’s location in the middle of the car’s body distributes weight in a 50:50 ratio.
The automobile has a traditional sports coupe silhouette with aggressively styled huge LED headlamps and a massive grille on the outside. The little air intakes beneath the headlights improve the car’s aerodynamics.
The arched roofline that houses the two-seater cabin follows the broad bonnet, and the roofline continues the slant to form the car’s rear. A minimalized rear spoiler is also mounted to improve the car’s drag efficiency.
The prototype was shown with two exhausts on the bottom end of the fenders, but due to new safety regulations, these may not be included in the commercial car.
The driver-friendly Griffith has a modest and minimalist interior design. It’s built for the driver’s comfort, whether they’re driving short distances or long distances. The two-seater interior provides enough room to stretch one’s head and legs without sacrificing storage space behind the seats.
Additionally, customers may have the option of customizing the driver’s console. Because it is a driver-oriented vehicle, every control and instrument has been built with the driver in mind and is conveniently located.
For a clean and minimalistic look, the complete console design comprises only the basics.
A digital instrument panel and huge round control buttons surrounded the steering wheel in the prototype, which will be included in the production car. A touch screen display with modern infotainment, as well as smartphone and Bluetooth connectivity, is located in the middle.
Innovation And Performance
The new Griffith will maintain TVR’s long-standing partnership with Ford to power its vehicles. A freshly developed 5.0-litre Cosworth naturally aspirated V8 engine will be provided from Ford to power this magnificent sporting beauty. The V8 delivers a whopping 500 horsepower and 700 lb-ft of torque thanks to its enormous displacement.
The engine will be paired to a Tremec Magnum XL 6-speed manual transmission, which will provide power to the rear wheels. With a top speed of 200 mph, this tremendously powerful engine propels the new Griffith from 0 to 62 mph in under four seconds.
TVR is aiming for a global expansion with their future intention to produce 2000 Griffiths every year. TVR also reports that the first 500 cars have already been reserved, and the company has expressed interest in hybridizing Griffith.
Griffith’s Superior Handling
To maintain the ‘Spirit Of Driving’ concept, the vehicle may include a couple of increased aiding elements that improve handling even at higher speeds. The Griffith will be fitted with electric power steering, which will make driving the car effortless while also being effective at high speeds.
With coil-over dampers on both axles and concentric springs for the front and rear wheels, a double-wishbone suspension system improves handling even further.
Because superb handling necessitates good stopping power, the front wheels have 370 mm vented discs with six-piston aluminum calipers. With four-piston aluminum calipers, the discs are 20 mm smaller in the back.
The Griffith has 20-inch wheels in the back and 19-inch wheels in the front for better balance and grip.