How’s this for an abrupt change of pace? British sports car manufacturer TVR has announced that it won’t ever build another car, but its name may instead be used on a new line of electricity-generating wind turbines.
TVR owner Nikolai Smolensky told Autocar that customer demands are too low and lists prices would be too high for the company to succeed at producing new sports cars. Among the models developed in recent years are an electric car, a coupe with a BMW twin-turbo diesel V-8, and a convertible powered by a Chevrolet Corvette LS3 V-8 engine. Smolensky even claims TVR at one point was considering partnering with another British sports-car maker, Caterham Cars.
Instead, Smolensky is apparently interested in using the TVR name on a new venture tied to the production of wind turbines, which would generate electricity. We guess that would counteract all the carbon dioxide produced by TVR’s wild sports cars over the past few decades.
TVR has been in trouble for nearly a decade. Smolensky, the then-24 son of a Russian millionaire, purchased the firm in 2004. But the company soon ran into financial trouble and closed its doors in late 2006. Two years later, company founder Trevor Wilkinson died at the age of 85. He had dropped out of school and worked as an apprentice at a car-repair shop, before opening TVR.