When TVR unveiled the 5.0-litre V8 Cosworth engine-powered Griffith sports car back in 2017 it got us and a lot of motorheads giddy. But three years since it premiered and it’s still not in production, leaving us with a long wait.
Fear not though, it has a spiritual successor in the form of the stunning Legend 480 from Derby-based manufacturer Mulholland Automotive, part of the Mulholland Group who have pedigree in Formula One and the World Rally Championship, primarily focusing on the development and production of components and systems for these and more for over 20 years.
The super-lightweight V8-powered machine has been designed and developed as a pure “drivers’ car” that will produce both thrilling performance and a tactile class-leading experience.
The Legend 480 - the 480 reflecting the car’s HP power output - follows the blueprint of the classic British sportscar; front engined, rear-wheeled drive, manual transmission, two seater coupe engineered to be lightweight and yet beautifully and stylishly designed & sculptured.
“As one of Europe’s leading advanced component engineering manufacturers, we have been a specialist supplier to most high profile motor racing teams along with practically every premium branded niche-vehicle manufacturer which we will continue to supply,” said Graham Mulholland, Mulholland Automotive’s owner.
“The Legend 480 however, enables us to showcase our technology, expertise and capabilities to a much bigger global audience plus it enables us to celebrate the combustion engine before moving to emerging technology.”
The car’s carbon fibre chassis and provocative sculptured lines will be developed by Mulholland Composites, using the exact processes developed and used to produce F1 and GT racers alike.
Mulholland is already taking orders, but no pricing is available yet. Production is expected to begin in the Summer of 2020, with first deliveries taking place in either August or September 2020.