- TVR Sagaris, 2006
The TVR Sagaris is a sports car designed and built by the British manufacturer TVR in their factory in Lancashire.
Featuring an all-new design, the TVR Sagaris made its debut appearance at the MPH03 Auto Show in 2003. The pre-production model was then shown at the 2004 Birmingham Motorshow. In 2005 the production model was released for public sale at TVR dealerships around the world. Based on the TVR T350, the TVR Sagaris was designed with endurance racing in mind. Several design features of the production model lend themselves to TVR's intentions to use the car for such racing. The multitude of air vents, intake openings and other features on the bodywork allow the car to be driven for extended periods of time on race tracks with no modifications required for cooling and ventilation. The final production model came with several variations from the pre-production show models eg the vents on the wings are filled in not open, different wing mirrors, location of the fuel filler and bonnet hinges. There are other subtle differences as well.
As with all modern TVRs the Sagaris ignores the European Union guideline that all new cars should be fitted with ABS and at least front airbags. It also eschews electronic driver's aids (such as traction control or electronic stability control).
The car's name comes from the sagaris, the Greek name of a lightweight battle-axe used by the Scythians which was feared for its ability to penetrate the armor of their enemies. The car was intitally designed by ex-TVR Chief Designer Damien McTaggart and further developed by his successor Graham Browne.
Engine: TVR Speed Six engine, Straight-6
Displacement: 3996 cc (4.0L)
Power Output: 380 bhp (283 kW/385 PS) @ 7,000-7,500 rpm
Torque Output: 349 ft·lbf (473 N·m) @ 5,000 rpm
Valvetrain setup: 4 valves per cylinder, Dual Overhead Cam
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Front: Independent, double wishbones, coil-over gas dampers, sway bars
Rear: Independent, double wishbones, coil-over gas dampers, sway bars
Front: 322 mm (12.7 in) ventilated disc brakes
Rear: 298 mm (11.7 in) ventilated disc brakes
Wheels: 18 in aluminum alloy Spider wheels
Body Panels: Glass Reinforced Plastic
Weight: 2371 lb (1078 kg)
Top speed: 190 mph (310 km/h)
0-60 mph. 3.7 seconds