In the early 2000s, TVR entered endurance racing. In order to take its T400R – also known as the Typhoon – to places like Spa, Sebring, Silverstone and the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the small British company had to sell road versions to meet FIA homologation requirements. . He ended up building a total of four cars; three Typhon road cars and a single T440R. This T440R has just been put on sale in the UK.
Besides being a unique car, what makes the T440R special is its engine. The naturally aspirated 4.2-liter inline-six borrowed much of its running gear from the race car, including a gas cylinder head, steel crankshaft and connecting rods, carbon airbox , sequential fuel injection and tailor-made exhaust manifolds. According to the announcement on Pistonheads, the engine has been tuned to 440 hp to make it durable enough for on-road use.
Of course, the rest of the car is quite special too. The chassis is made of bonded aluminum and carbon fiber, with carbon bodywork throughout. The goal was to make it as light and agile as possible. TVR claimed a 0-60 time in under four seconds and a top speed of 200 mph – in 2003!
The car is currently on sale on Pistonheads via The Autolounge, a dealer located in Scotland, with an asking price of Â£ 192,990 (around $ 270,000 at current exchange rates). While it won’t be legal to import into the United States for seven years, we suspect that any American who buys this car will also have a place in Europe to hide it in the meantime.
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