Climbing into the cockpit is not easy. The doors pop open when you press
a button under the wing mirror, but they don’t swing out far. On finished
cars, the standard-fit, full race specification roll cage will include extra
side impact bars, which will make graceful entries even more difficult.
Once you’ve dragged your legs up over the high sill and slotted yourself tight in the racing seat, you have a good idea of what it must be like for drivers of GT race cars. The dash, with a bank of minor dials registering fuel, temperature, mph and indicator arrows, is angled towards the driver who’s wedged between the huge transmission tunnel and side sill, while staring back from behind the removable steering wheel is a big rev counter. Although the roll cage is part of the structure, it is covered in softly padded suede and blends discreetly into the background. Set against the black trim is contrasting polished aluminum on the center console and internal door release handles, but far as creature comforts go stereo system and air conditioning is your lot. You can’t see the end of the bonnet, so parking may be more than a slight problem, but you are unlikely to worry about such trivialities when strapped into the worlds fastest production car. The pedal box rather than the seat, is adjustable allowing you to stretch out your legs in the long foot well. Despite this no-holds-barred setup, drivers of all shaped and sizes should be able to get reasonably comfortable, and TVR has even provided another seat so it’s not only the driver who experiences the ride of a life time.
This is a very scary car. Sixteen times more powerful than a VW Polo, it accelerates faster than a jet fighter and we have a British sports car Manufacturer TVR to thank. Wheeled outside from the firm’s Blackpool lair for the first time ever, the new Speed Twelve is the most awesome creation in TVR’s 50 years history.
Here is a sneak preview of the machine which is set to become the world’s fastest production car by which I mean a car capable of charging to at least 240mph, and accelerating from 0-60mph in less than three seconds; the kind of performance which will leave McLaren’s benchmark F1 trailing in the wake on road and race track – and firmly establish TVR’s name across the globe in the process.
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