|The TVR Speed 12 was launched at the London Motor Show in October '97 and
caused a real sensation, as much as an outrageous 800bhp 7.7-litre V12 powered
super car could. The Speed 12 is essentially a racing project designed to compete
in the Le Mans 24 hours, but TVR claims to have at least eight firm orders for the
roadgoing version which in itself is expected to have a power-to-weight ratio of
around 900bhp per tonne and over 650 lb ft of torque.
The Speed 12 uses a simple glass fibre bodyshell mounted over a tubular steel chassis, essentially a space frame with integral rollover and side impact protection. The engine is unique to TVR, originally conceived by Al Melling, the head of a small British company called MCD. Based on this design, John Ravenscoft (TVR's in-house engine expert) has developed it dramatically, producing 660hp for the roadgoing version and potentially over 800bhp for racing. The Speed 12's are set to be manufactured at a rate of one per month, so they'll be a long waiting list.
Check out the Technical Specifications below and view some of the images to see the wild chassis design, strangely resembling the Bat-Mobile!
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