TVR Partners With Rebellion Racing For WEC 'Super Season'

Jose Verdugo
Abril 6, 2018

TVR chairman Les Edgar commented: "Endurance racing is a key part of TVR's DNA, and our role as the primary automotive partner of Rebellion Racing TVR gives us a great opportunity to return to the sport for the first time in 13 years. In this respect, the opportunity to work alongside Gibson, ORECA and Motul is fantastic".

Rebellion is returning to the LMP1 category this year with its own vehicle developed in association with ORECA. It also allows TVR to work with a competitive racing team and apply the output to the development and production of not only TVR road cars, but also our future one-make series and track cars.

TVR has announced its return motorsport and Le Mans, revealing that it is to become a technical partner of Rebellion Racing, the Swiss based FIA World Endurance Championship team.

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Founded in 1947 by Trevor Wilkinson, TVR was known for building light and powerful vehicles. After sales started dwindling in the past decade, TVR chose to pull the plug on its operations for a bried period, and after a period of five years, the manufacturer made a return to the market with the Griffith sports vehicle in September, 2017, at the Goodwood Revival in England. This unit is based on the company's 4.2-litre V8 that has enjoyed plenty of success in LMP2 in recent years and in new 4.5-litre guise the naturally aspirated engine is expected to produce in excess of 750bhp in race trim.

The announcement means the TVR brand will return to the 24 Hours of Le Mans for the first time since 2005, when it ran the Tuscan T400R GT2. The link to Rebellion for TVR comes via mutual partner Motul. The team's two LMP1 cars will be driven by Andre Lotterer, Neel Jani and Bruno Senna, while Thomas Laurent, Matthias Beche and Gustavo Menezes will be in the second vehicle.

Following this weekend's prologue at Paul Ricard, the 2018-2019 FIA World Endurance Championship Super Season will start with the Spa Six Hours in Belgium on 5 May before heading to Le Mans the following month.

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