Collector’s Dream: Gnarliest TVR
The exclusive, street-appropriate TVR Cerbera Speed 12 will go up for auction this May, with Silverstone Auctions offering this remarkable British automobile. This occurrence represents a unique opportunity to acquire a piece of motorcar history.
Created initially as an auto-racing vehicle, the rare TVR will be familiar to those who squandered numerous hours on Gran Turismo, earning multiple appearances throughout the course of the series. Appreciated by diehard gamers, it was due to its remarkable capabilities. The Speed 12’s vibrancy wasn’t aggrandized for the video game since it was powered by an enormous 7.7-liter V12 generating 840 horsepower and immeasurable torque.
This unparalleled specimen has been personalized to give out an additional 10 horses and an unbelievable torque figure going beyond 900 lb-ft. Its very first possessor, an avid devotee of TVRs, gained more strength by installing enhanced components and administering the engine with a remap. That’s surely a huge muscle power for a car that weighs roughly 2,204 pounds.
If you are unenlightened on the subject of the Cerbera Speed 12, this street-fighting automotive beast was created to take on the highly coveted McLaren F1 GTR of the ’90s. Embarking upon an ocean of dull Vauxhall and Ford sedans, the TVR made its surprise debut at the Birmingham Motor Show in 1996 captivating and mesmerizing the audience.
Despite the design of being a suitable street-legal supercar, TVR sought to craft an ideal GT1 endurance race car that would prove victorious in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. They invested heavily in the Cerbera Street 12, yet their desire was only briefly seen on track. A change to the regulations left the British auto ineligible and the project ended before it truly blossomed.
It’s a regretful circumstance that the firm originating from Blackpool dedicated so much effort to the Speed 12. The powerplant, specifically, was made by syncing two Cerbera Speed Six engines. For John Ravenscroft from the company, these in-line six motors created from steel were since improved upon.
It is said that theSpeed 12 was so intense in its strength that it was able to break the input arm of the dynamometers, necessitating TVR to analyze each cylinder bank on its own. Once read, each had 480 bhp making a formidable total of nearly 960 hp. Nevertheless, TVR quoted the strength of the road-going version as a more applicable 800hp.
One might have to wonder what was so frightening about the Speed 12 that had been concocted. However, it turns out there wasn’t much of a chance for anyone to find out. Peter Wheeler, the then-owner of TVR, took a complete prototype back home for an evening and allegedly came back the following morning predicting it was too strong and overwhelming for use as a daily driver. An undertaking that could have kept us guessing must have been something of a nightmare for Mr. Wheeler who chose not to let it see the light of day.
Wheeler, an individual with a penchant for flamboyant vehicles and an inclination for riveting experiences, was certainly not one to be shied away from. This must have surely proven to be quite a trial for him. Consequently, TVR recouped deposits and broke the leftover prototypes apart to scavenge components for their race cars.
Yet, one specimen did outlive the test of time; that exact vehicle can be seen here.
In 2003, subsequent to the Cerbera Speed 12 having been consigned to memory, TVR astounded the supercar universe by offering W112 BHG for sale. With the competition program now being a painful reminiscence – and development of the road car being abandoned – the boutique manufacturer sought to guarantee that this exclusive vehicle would surpass all expectations. TVR allocated three racing engineers to the job, and over two years, they designed and examined each part of the automobile to make certain it was flawless.
Re-purposing components from its racing program, the Cerbera Speed 12 is outfitted with air jacks and a cunning composite of carbon fiber and Kevlar bodywork. Shaped by wind tunnel aerodynamic sculpting, these elements together enable terrific downforce at high speed velocities.
Two years on, and it was at last finished. Refusing to let just about anyone purchase it, Wheeler made certain he directly supervised the sale of the car to a lover who met his elevated specifications. The aforementioned performance enhancements exemplify his keenness for crude, competition- motivate vehicles.
The red-painted Brit was later sold to the current owner, who, as the auction house puts it, “sees himself as a custodian” of the Cerbera Speed 12. In 2014, he had it fully recommissioned, and it went on to win the Style et Luxe’ Concours d’Elegance best in class at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. The car has been kept in perfect condition ever since, ready to roar onto the track at a moment’s notice.
Silverstone Auctions do not announce a cost, yet it can be predicted that the limited number of Speed 12s, their germaneness and traditions, will oblige an individual possessing extensive resources to acquire it. The fortunate buyer will receive an ECU and mufflers for MOT testing (UK roadworthiness testing), in addition to this, the current proprietor is more than glad to dispense any information and guidance regarding the particular TVR. Such as how to cooperate with a soppy track.
Thanks to the Aston Martin DB11, the British V12 supercar still remains on the roads today; but nothing like it reflects this ambition ever again. As an illustration of British advancement, the Cerbera Speed 12 is an extraordinary testament to the capricious manufacturer that is TVR.
Sadly, the motorcycling maker has suffered a plunge from grace. Wheeler traded the firm to Russian entrepreneur Nikolay Smolensky in the mid-2000s, who shortly afterwards passed it on to another proprietor within barely a decade. At present, the label hopes to make a comeback with the new Griffith, which should come equipped with either a regular V8 or as an electric-powered vehicle.
It has been a few years since the rebirth of Griffith was declared, and fans of the organization are not hopeful for an immediate resurgence. Those in charge can maybe get their act in order, and wonders will never cease; there’s a chance we’ll observe a electrically powered replacement to the Cerbera Speed 12 arrive someday.
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