Take a look at our workshop events calendar for 2017

Posted by | Posted in Latest News, Main | Posted on 08-03-2017

numskullTopcats are pleased to announce that they will be hosting a number of events at their workshop this year but stay tuned as other dates may be added. We look forward to seeing you!

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TVR’s latest update on the eagerly anticipated new car launch in 2017

Posted by | Posted in Latest News, Main | Posted on 19-09-2016

downloadA welcome and personal update from TVR Chairman, Les Edgar was received last Friday to provide current deposit holders and potential new customers with news that all is well and progressing with the new car.

Sure, some will be critical that the reveal for the new car has been delayed but this is not unusual. As with any manufacturer, TVR’s news should be met with some expectance and  further fuel anticipation.

Big steps forward have been made and momentum continues. It will be worth the wait to immerse one’s self into the all-consuming experience and get behind the wheel of TVR’s evolved and genetically enhanced beast in 2017.

Less than 100 slots remain to order the Launch Edition of the new TVR. If you would like further information please contact us on 01296 655109 or email info@topcatsracing.com.

CAPTAIN’s LOG

It seems like only weeks since the London Motor Show but looking at the calendar, I can see that an update as to progress probably seems overdue. I realise that many of you might have expected more frequent updates but please don’t forget that the elapsed time since the deposit book first opened will feel artificially extended due to the fact that, by popular demand, it was opened more than 12 months early – most manufacturers might expect to start taking deposits 12 months before the car launch and some 18months/2years prior to first delivery. Nevertheless, as we start to pass significant milestones at greater frequency, you will hear more and more from us.

 

BOLDLY GOING

“You don’t know what you don’t know” as they say and, as you’d expect, development throws up many questions as we advance at an ever-increasing level of complexity and pace. Of course, like anybody involved in such an undertaking (in which a lot of the content is largely subjective), one anticipates a reasonable level of uncertainty and therefore builds in extra time in the development schedule to account for this. Indeed, not all challenges are unwelcome; we were not aware at the start of the design journey that Gordon would have the iStream Carbon process perfected in time for us to incorporate the technology in the chassis development of the new car. In this particular case, we decided that adding 3 months to our schedule was a small price to pay to have this feature, and your feedback since the announcement confirmed this. I’ve been told that there was a suggestion on one of the forums that Brexit might be a good whipping boy to blame any delays on, but I have to say that the complexities of negotiating a clean exit strategy from the EC has nothing on dealing with the implications of aerodynamic exactitude with small body changes to the exterior of this car!

 

One of the current challenges we are facing includes getting rid of the enormous amount of heat generated by the Catalytic converters. These are mounted vertically just inside the wings between the front wheels and the door hinge. The challenge is to make sure that heat can escape properly when you pull up at a péage on the way to Le Mans in 35deg sun having been doing 200mph with the cats at 900deg C and a Gendarme leans on the wing… this is still feeding into final wing / bonnet design (and we are including a warning sticker in French!)

 

BLACK HOLE

The moving feast that is homologation legislation causes no end of issues and, although our car will be going through the European Small Series Type Approval, there are still areas where we have had to modify our original design to accommodate legislative changes (current and future), further impacting on development schedules.

 

SPACE

The process to reach agreement with the Welsh Government, despite best efforts on both sides, took 4 months longer than allowed for; whereas this did not directly (adversely) affect the development schedule, it does affect the occupation date for the factory, pushing start of production out past our target. Conversely, it also means more available development time, which is always useful! However, the factory site in South Wales has been chosen and tender documents for the refurbishment are being prepared. This bit is slow but the actual refurbishment is not complex and, as I mentioned above, will not affect development schedules.

 

Nevertheless, we are making great progress on all aspects of the car design, albeit a little behind where we would like to be, and the good news is that we are on target for the launch of the car in 2017 – our 70th anniversary! While considering our current development status (and inevitably the budget) it did occur to me that most manufacturers spend fortunes developing features for their cars to differentiate them from the competition. Sadly, that also adds cost, complexity, unreliability and, of course, weight. We, on the other hand, have spent a significant portion of our budget doing the opposite – taking out as much weight as we can in order to give fantastic performance in a light weight car. Of course there will be plenty of opportunity for you to add weight (your own, megaton hi-fi, tow bar, etc.) but at least you will have started with an exceptionally balanced, lightweight vehicle!

 

Gordon Murray Design are flat out on further chassis refinements, engine integration, aero design etc. The design team is growing exponentially each month.

 

Interestingly, a little while ago we benchmarked a range of competitors’ cars against a TVR and, in the words of Gordon himself, the TVR was by far the best SPORTS CAR in the bunch – the only one you could properly get to do a controlled 4-wheel drift. As I suspected, it looks like our performance benchmark was ourselves all along.

 

Back to the main point of this letter. We want to show all our loyal deposit holders how far we’ve progressed as soon as possible and I’m acutely aware we have said that we would reveal the exterior styling of the car to you by the end of the summer this year. We are likely to be in a position to do this now in the autumn but, following significant feedback from customers, the press, our partners not to mention some of the more sane posts on the various forums, we decided that we should not reveal the new car ‘piecemeal’ but give a far more comprehensive presentation, including internal and external styling, equipment level, performance, pricing and indeed, as many attributes as possible, to give you the most complete information we can, thus enabling you to fully comprehend our vision for the next generation of TVRs.

 

TIME

With that in mind, we determined that we will have much more of the above to show early in the New Year and therefore we are scheduling the customer reveal for early next year – further details below. Yes, I know there will be the usual suspects who say “told you so”, “expect many more delays”, “it’ll never happen”, “Not a TVR if it’s not built in Blackpool by blokes munching on rock” etc. etc., but remember, to those who haven’t put a deposit down “why are you bothered?” and to those who understand what we’re doing “you won’t be disappointed” – easy for me to say because I know exactly what we’ve achieved so far and pretty much what the end result will be, but I believe the vast majority of you understand our strategy. This change of timing is not a reflection of delays in development, but solely so that we can show more at the reveal – something I’m sure will be welcomed by all who want to be certain that the new car will be everything it can be, and giving you as much information as possible to allow you to confirm your order and get your build slot.

 

We are also planning to announce some further exciting developments around the specification for the car at the time of the reveal – I can promise that this will be worth the wait.

 

Additionally, we will be able to give you an update on the progress with the factory together with our plans surrounding the launch of the new car later in 2017.

 

FIRST CONTACT

We have now set some dates for the customer reveal and I would like to invite you (and a guest) to a private unveiling of the Launch Edition of the new TVR. We are finalizing exact details and the final date is dependent on the number of attendees, but it will be between 27th Jan and the 19th Feb. In order for us to cater for all who wish to attend, please can you RSVP by clicking [DearLes@tvr.co.uk] indicating you wish to be added to the list. We will allow for any deposit holders that wish to attend but guest places may be limited in which case they will be allocated randomly. Incidentally, this is your primary contact email address at TVR from this point on. We will answer all emails received personally, but please use the email address we have you registered under, otherwise you will not get a response – its only for those of you currently holding a deposit.

 

At the event, myself and key TVR personnel will be on hand to give you as much information as possible regarding delivery dates, further specifications, any options and to discuss how we ensure that owning a new TVR is an exceptional experience for you.

 

CONTINUUM

By the way, this is certainly not the last update before the reveal – we will be more communicative from now on, as we have more to say. Despite pressure from all sides, we are determined that we make statements only when they are substantive.

 

EPILOGUE

Some of you, I know, were present when we took the Black Hound around the Millbrook high speed circuit last month and I hope you’ll agree that it made a huge impression aurally. This Cerbera-based mule is simply a test of engine power and gearbox in a car that broadly represents a vehicle of our target weight (slightly heavier actually). For the avoidance of doubt (and the usual nonsense on the forums), that’s all it was. It’s not supposed to be representative of our progress with the new car, simply a test of the Cosworth drive train in something approaching the weight and size of our car. We showed this to a group of Cerbera owners celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the launch of this iconic 2+2.

 

FEEL THE FORCE

To those of you that were unable to sample the delights of the Black Hound’s soundtrack, here’s a link to one of our own tests – yours truly trying out the ‘wet’ throttle map on a damp section of the Top Gear track… http://tvr.us8.list-manage.com/track/click?u=3c1834561df09275e09e83d7c&id=724e0a7558&e=07b824acfa

…and yes, it really does sound like that.

 

(I recommend it on full volume on the 5.45  commute home).

 

Thanks for your support,

 

Les Edgar

Chairman

TVR Manufacturing Ltd

www.tvr.co.uk

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More reasons to order your Limited Edition TVR at no extra cost before the order book closes!

Posted by | Posted in Latest News, Main | Posted on 22-01-2016

tvwwebnewNow that we have entered the realms of 2016, the launch of the new TVR is tantalisingly close.

Whilst detailing of the car continues, the latest rendering of the new car looks excitingly true to its word that TVR’s unmistakable DNA will live on.

TVR lover’s hearts will have skipped a beat to receive much longed for news from TVR HQ just before Christmas with further positive news that will undoubtedly be provocative for potential new owners.

Followers and enthusiasts will already know the confirmed construction methods, utilising Gordon Murrays revolutionary i-Stream technology which offers incredible strength and rigidity whilst also extremely lightweight. This makes for a car that will benefit from less wear and tear on components thus reducing running costs, greater performance and fuel economy.

TVR are going another step further though. Whilst the order book remains open for customers even before final details of the car have been announced, and yes there is a certain amount of faith but no risk to buyers deposits involved, TVR have confirmed that those who do place their order before the order book closes will receive their car with the iStream Carbon variant that will be even lighter and stronger and at no extra cost. All customers who place their order before the closing date get the up-spec’d car.

Potential buyers who have not yet committed and are not just looking from the heart but towards future values must surely be giving this more serious consideration.

The punchline, Christmas has been and gone and we are well into the new year. Time will fly almost as fast as the car and TVR have announced that by mid 2016 they will be confirming the location of their new factory, body styling and pricing. This will be the point too at which they will confirm a closing date for the ‘no extra cost’ LE car. Once closed, order confirmations and queue positions will be given to the buyers.

To learn more about iStream Technology

To learn more about iStream Carbon

tvwwebnewIf you are ready to place your order or have any questions, please contact us on 01296 655109 or email info@topcatsracing.com.
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3 great things going on at Topcats Racing that are sure to entice all car enthusiasts!

Posted by | Posted in Latest News, Main | Posted on 07-10-2015

IMG_7951A Morning on the Ramps!

We are 3 days away from our Morning on the Ramps event at our custom built workshop at Westcott Venture Park, Westcott, Near Aylesbury this Saturday from 9am-1pm. We have a few slots remaining if you want us to put your car up on the ramp for an inspection with one of our engineers and it will give you the chance to ask advice if you have any concerns or plans for the car. If you enjoy doing some maintenance on the car yourself and are unsure on some of the how to’s, ask away!

Booking your car on the ramp is not obligatory, please come and see us if you just fancy a drive out, a bit of socialising and a wander around our workshop and cars on display!

Tea, coffee and refreshments will be in plentiful supply free of charge and delicious, hot bacon rolls will be available at £1.50 each.

 

Topcats Racing Car Club Membership

Our Topcats Racing Car Club key fob membership cards are now ready and will be available to guests attending our event on Saturday as well as all our existing customers. Membership is free and valid for life. Members will enjoy 10% discount on labour (usually £58+VAT per hour) if they book their car in for work before the end of March 2016 and will continue to receive the discount throughout 2016.*

Members will also receive exclusive offers and benefits varying from discounts on services to tickets to events.

 

Saturday DIY Ramps!

We are pleased to announce that we will be opening two DIY ramps on Saturday mornings, initially between 9am and 1pm. A calendar of dates will be set to fit in when the team are not away racing and customers will be able to book ramp time by the hour at £20 per hour including the use of tools. One of our engineers will be around to get the cars on the ramps and will remain in the background to ensure customers are OK. We will let you know when we are able to expand the service.

If you have questions regarding any of the above please do not hesitate to contact us on 01296 655109 or email charlotte@topcatsracing.com

Weather looks good for Saturday so should be a great turnout. See you there!

 

*Does not include our very competitive fixed price service menu, body repairs, MOT or LS engine conversions, however, these services, if booked before end of March, will entitle you to the 10% discount for future work. Our current labour rate is £58+VAT per hour. Labour rate will remain fixed until at least April 2016.

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Topcats Racing host Pistonheads Sunday Service on May 31st!

Posted by | Posted in Latest News | Posted on 14-05-2015

20140629_135631 (2)We’ve been sitting on this news for months, busting to let everyone know that we have been chosen as a venue to host the hugely popular Pistonheads Sunday Service on 31st May! It’s a big undertaking as we now share the calendar with the likes of Rolls Royce, Aston Martin, Porsche, Mercedes Benz World and Goodwood. No pressure then! Preparations for the event are underway……we’ll put on a great show! All 250 available places were taken within 3-4 hours of the event release going live and there are another 125 cars on the reserve list!

http://www.pistonheads.com/calendar/event.asp?i=57101

 

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Count Down to the Full Power Launch!

Posted by | Posted in Latest News, Main | Posted on 31-03-2015

Convoy (2)As we near the V8UK Full Power Launch on Sunday 12th April, we can confirm that a fabulous 20 mile convoy route through the Buckinghamshire countryside, all with left hand turns only to keep the convoy together and some strategically placed people at the junctions to ensure a continuous flow from the Topcats workshop has been set. To record the occasion we will have not only a helicopter but also a drone to film the full length of the convoy before it sets off. We have a 1 1/2 mile avenue on a private estate to enable us to get all cars into formation. We will have a range of V8 products on display including engines on stands, upgrades and parts for your car. Photographer artist, Richard Duckham will be on hand to take photos of your pride and joy and work his magic to make it look truly spectacular. You will be able to purchase the images from a range of different formats incl. banners and canvases. Competitions and prizes will be awarded by the V8UK Club. A catering unit will be here to sell bacon rolls in the morning and fish and chips and burgers for lunch! Free tea and coffee until finishing time at about 2pm. Let’s see how long we can make this convoy! See you there!

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