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The return of TVR

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Blackpool's most iconic carmaker is about to make a return... from an unlikely source.

Britain’s wildest sports car brand is back. Following TVR’s decision to quit its Blackpool plant, the marque is currently in discussions with a German manufacturer who will start producing a brand new convertible from September.

TVR is still 100% owned by Russian millionaire Nikolai Smolenksy, however, German specialist firm FMS (which is responsible for AC and Gullwing production) is set to enter a joint venture production deal with TVR. This will see TVR sports cars rolling out of FMS's factory in Heyda, Eastern Germany.

The new generation TVR will be powered by the General Motors LS drivetrain, clearly proving that TVR will be in good hands. FMS also makes the official AC MkVI, and wowed the world last year with a replica Mercedes-Benz 300SL going under the name Gullwing.

Gullwing boss Juergen Mohr is bullish about the new car: 'Having been a TVR owner, I think this will be the best TVR ever,' he said. He also confirmed the company was planning new models, possibly with alternative drivetrains. 'I can imagine everything, even electric-powered cars,' Mohr said.

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