TVR Sagaris

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TVR Sagaris
TVR Sagaris in Monte Carlo cropped.JPG
Overview
Manufacturer TVR
Production 2005–2006
Designer Graham Browne & Lee Hodgetts.
Body and chassis
Body style 2-door coupe
Related TVR T350C
Powertrain
Engine 4.0 L Straight-6 Speed Six
Transmission 5-speed manual
Dimensions
Wheelbase 92.9 in (2,360 mm)
Length 159.7 in (4,056 mm)
Width 72.8 in (1,849 mm)
Height 46.3 in (1,176 mm)
Curb weight 2,376 lb (1,078 kg)
Racing TVR Sagaris 4.5 Supersport after winning in the GT Cup Series at Oulton Park Great Britain
The straight-six engine of a Sagaris.

The TVR Sagaris is a sports car designed and built by the British manufacturer TVR in their factory in Blackpool, Lancashire.

The Sagaris made its debut at the MPH03 Auto Show in 2003. The pre-production model was then shown at the 2004 Birmingham Motorshow. In 2005 the production model was released for public sale at TVR dealerships around the world. Based on the TVR T350,[1] the Sagaris was designed with endurance racing in mind. Several design features of the production model lend themselves to TVR's intentions to use the car for such racing. The multitude of air vents, intake openings and other features on the bodywork allow the car to be driven for extended periods of time on race tracks with no modifications required for cooling and ventilation. The final production model came with several variations from the pre-production show models e.g. the vents on the wings are not cut out, different wing mirrors, location of the fuel filler and bonnet hinges. There are other subtle differences as well.

As with all modern TVRs the Sagaris ignores the European Union guideline that all new cars should be fitted with ABS and at least front airbags because Peter Wheeler believed that such devices promote overconfidence and risk the life of a driver in the event of a rollover, which TVRs are engineered to resist.[2] It also eschews electronic driver's aids (such as traction control or electronic stability control).

The car's name comes from the sagaris, the Greek name of a lightweight battle-axe used by the Scythians which was feared for its ability to penetrate the armor of their enemies. The car was designed by Graham Browne and Lee Hodgetts.

In 2008, TVR unveiled the Sagaris 2, which was designed to replace the original Sagaris. In the prototype revealed, there were minor changes to the car including a revised rear fascia and exhaust system, and modifications to the interior.[3]

The 2010 film The Heavy features a black TVR Sagaris driven by Gary Stretch.

The only Racing TVR Sagaris raced in the 2011 British GT Cup series and was entered by Team Winstanley and driven by Danny Winstanley, this racing TVR Sagaris had a standard factory road Sagaris chassis but was fitted with the upgraded 420 bhp TVR 4.5 Supersport Speed Six engine. In its first season it recorded wins at Oulton Park and Brands Hatch.

Specifications[edit]

Engine

  • Engine: TVR Speed Six engine, Straight-6
  • Displacement: 4.0L (3996 cc)
  • Power Output: 380 bhp (283 kW; 385 PS) @ 7,000–7,500 rpm
  • Torque Output: 349 lb·ft (473 N·m) @ 5,000 rpm
  • Bore/stoke: 96.0/92.0 mm
  • Compression ratio: 12.2:1
  • Valvetrain setup: 4 valves per cylinder, Dual Overhead Cam
  • Camshaft Duration: inlet 264, exhaust 264 standard

Transmission

Suspension

  • Front: Independent, double wishbones, coil-over gas dampers, sway bars
  • Rear: Independent, double wishbones, coil-over gas dampers, sway bars

Brakes

  • Front: 322 mm (12.7 in) ventilated disc brakes
  • Rear: 298 mm (11.7 in) ventilated disc brakes

Wheels

  • Wheels: 18 x 8.5 in aluminum alloy Spider wheels
  • Tires: 255/35 R18

Chassis/body

  • Body Panels: Glass Reinforced Plastic
  • Weight: 2371 lb (1078 kg)
  • Length: 4,057 mm (159.7 in)
  • Width: 1,770 mm (69.7 in)
  • Height: 1,175 mm (46.3 in)

Performance

  • Top speed: 185 mph (298 km/h)
  • 0 to 60 mph (97 km/h). 3.7 seconds[4]
  • 60-0 mph: 2.9 seconds[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "TVR Sagaris | First Drives" March 2005, retrieved on 2009-05-08
  2. ^ "The Wheeler Interview: Ted quizzes TVR's Chairman on ABS, airbags and safety" 18 April 2004, retrieved on 2009-01-31
  3. ^ "TVR Reveals Sagaris 2 Prototype, Sending Fender Vent Futures Up Sharply On Early Morning Trading" 11 July 2008, retrieved on 2009-05-08
  4. ^ "TVR Sagaris" TVR 2005, retrieved on 9 October 2009
  5. ^ "TVR Sagaris" AutoCar UK 24 May 2005, retrieved on 2009-05-08

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