In 2004 the TVR Typhon project was started, it was designed to be the most extreme TVR road car. Deposits were taken on the Typhon and TVR set to work on the new car. Originally called the Tuscan R or T440R the Typhon name was selected to differentiate the car from the Tuscan.
CAD software was used to develop the bodywork which was a first for TVR (although CAD was used for engines). The engine and gearbox was a 4.2 supercharged Speed Six engine, with hydraulic actuated gearbox. The Typhon was designed as a super high performance TVR and power from the supercharged Speed Six was estimated to be around 580BHP giving the Typhon a better power to weight ratio than a Ferrari Enzo.
The Typhon (referred to here as 440R) was going to make use of items tested and developed for the Speed 12:
“The Speed 12 has been useful, though, for developing components for our more extreme cars – its diff and drive shafts have gone onto the 440R”
Peter Wheeler – extracted from EVO Magazine
The engine and gearbox were never finished and most customers withdrew their deposits. Eventually 2 Typhon body shells were fitted with standard TVR T400 spec engine and gearboxes. They found their way into the garages of collectors and remain the only Typhons on the road today.
The Typhon could have been one of the best road cars ever made by the company. One of the best TVR’s, the Sagaris, was a track honed car and the Typhon with race honed development and groundbreaking (for TVR) engine and gearbox would have been another brilliant car. Incorporating components tested and developed for the legendary Speed 12 would only have made the car more desirable.
The demise of the Typhon would also be sadly matched by TVR soon after.