New TVR owner answers questions about the future of the British sports car brand

TVR Sagaris

We reported last week that the British sports car brand TVR was reportedly on the mend, having found new ownership.

We’ve now learned that British-born Les Edgar – a man made rich on computer games – has purchased everything involved with TVR and aims to mount a comeback.

Edgar fielded a call from and answered some candid questions about his automotive past and what he envisions for the future of TVR. Intriguingly, Edgar seems uninterested in rebooting the TVR we’d come to know over the last two decades. Instead, he wants to start fresh.

Of all the answers Edgar gave, one stood out to us most. When asked what he saw as the heart of TVR, he said, “I think it’s the people that buy them.” This was amusing to us because the kind of men who bought TVRs were those with a wild streak – a man who didn’t car if his 500 horsepower sports car didn’t have any safety equipment of any kind.

When asked if he’d ever owned a TVR, Edgar simply said, “yes,” but wouldn’t elaborate for fear people would extrapolate from that answer the kind of TVR he would then build. “It sounds minor, but what we don’t want to do is to carry on the bullsh*t [sic] that for years and years has been surrounding the marque, we want to stop that now. Our target was to bring TVR home and then to finalize a plan that will reintroduce the brand in a meaningful way.”

We often deride those who choose to reboot a failed car company. With TVR, however, we kind of get it. If given the opportunity to reincarnate a great American brand, we’d jump at the chance. Sure, we’d pass on Detroit Electric but offer us REO or Nash and you might have us listening.

Any new TVRs – if they ever come – are several years away. From what we understand, Edgar and his team are now sitting on a jumbled pile of old car bits and monikers and need to sort through and see what they want to toss in the bin and what they want to keep.

If Edgar’s smart, he’ll buy the powertrain bits from a known entity like Jaguar, let the boys at Lotus design him a chassis, and let some British design wiz pen the bodylines.


New ‘Stardew Valley’ content on the way, as game’s maker freezes next project

Stardew Valley creator Eric Barone said that he will continue working on new content for the indie farming simulator. The developer previously said that he will devote all his time to his next game, but that has been placed on hold for now.

Here's where Xur is and what he has for wares this week in 'Destiny 2: Forsaken'

The weekly vendor in Destiny 2: Forsaken always brings Exotic weapons and armor, some of the toughest loot to find in the game. Here's everything you need to know to track down Xur: Where he is, when he shows up, and what he's stocking.
Smart Home

How to talk to Santa on Alexa and Google Assistant

Nothing say "holiday" like talking to Santa. Here's how to talk to Santa on Alexa and Google Assistant, whether he's helping you create a playlist or checking to see if you've been naughty or nice this week.
Home Theater

Wireless headphones are finally awesome, and these are our favorites

Between sleek form factors, prime audio quality, and the freedom of untethered listening, there has never been a better time to pick up a pair of wireless headphones. These are the best ones currently available.

LM Industries’ autonomous shuttles head to Phoenix, Sacramento campuses

LM Industries will deploy Olli low-speed autonomous shuttles at school campuses in Arizona and California as part of its ongoing "fleet challenge," which asks local groups to propose uses for autonomous vehicles.

Bosch’s CES-bound shuttle concept takes us on a trip to a not-too-distant future

Bosch envisions a future in which driverless shuttles occupy their own market segment. The German firm won't build the shuttles, but it wants to provide everything else, ranging from the drive system to the apps used to hail them.

Driving a prototype 2020 Passat at Volkswagen’s Arizona Proving Ground

Volkswagen’s Arizona Proving Ground is where new cars are tested to the breaking point, including the 2020 Passat midsize sedan. Ride along as the new Passat completes testing ahead of its 2019 launch.
Emerging Tech

A lidar-equipped truck knows exactly how much de-icer to apply on roads

Lidar is best known as the laser-based technology that helps self-driving cars sense their surroundings. But the city of Knoxville has another, more seasonal use for it: De-icing roads.
Product Review

Boring takes a back seat as 2019 Corolla Hatchback mixes fun with practicality

We drive the 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback, the latest hatchback to bear the Corolla name. As the best-selling nameplate in automotive history, Toyota has high expectations to meet. This model mostly lives up to the legacy.

Hertz speeds up car rentals with biometric scan technology

Biometric security technology that uses face, fingerprint, and voice recognition is gaining traction, with Hertz emerging as the latest company to incorporate it into its daily operations.
Product Review

Inside Maserati's Levante SUV beats the heart of a Ferrari

Maserati’s luxury SUV gets a shot in the arm by way of Ferrari-derived V8 power, but is it enough to go toe-to-toe with the established players in the high performance sport-utility segment? Let’s find out.

McLaren puts the pedal to the metal in special-edition OnePlus 6T

The OnePlus 6T is yet another flagship killer smartphone, bringing powerful specifications to a much lower price than the competition. Now, OnePlus has teamed up with McLaren for the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition.

Aston Martin’s 1,000-hp Valkyrie will boast the Mona Lisa of the engine world

Aston Martin has released new details about its F1-inspired Valkyrie hypercar. Co-developed with Red Bull Racing, the Valkyrie will be one of the most aerodynamic production cars ever made.

The redesigned 2020 Passat shows Volkswagen still believes in sedans

The sedan segment in America is shrinking, but Volkswagen still believes in it. The German firm has released a teaser sketch to preview the redesigned 2020 Passat it will introduce during the 2019 Detroit Auto Show.