Back When TVR Built the Most Badass Racing Cars

The 1989-2004 TVR Challenge created some of the fastest fiberglass racing cars on the planet. British GT Champion Mike Jordan's 1999 Tuscan is one of them.

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Current TVR boss Les Edgar has huge motorsport ambitions, but for the new Griffith to get there, it would first have to make it into production. And more and more so, that seems to be easier said than done.

Back in the late Eighties, the Tuscan Challenge was former TVR chief Peter Wheeler's way of leaving the wedge era behind, partly by reviving the Tuscan badge to promote the brand on the race tracks while developing future powertrains on a budget. TVR's one-make series was a huge success from the start, and within a decade, it became one of the most competitive championships on the British calendar.

The 1999 Tuscan Challenge race cars were powered by TVR's self-developed 4.5-liter Speed Eight V8 engine, which threw 450 horsepower against the car's 1850 lbs.

Following his debut season, Mike Jordan lost out to Michael Caine (not the actor) in 2000. He then moved on to become the British GT Champion with Lister Storm Racing, while Caine went as far as entering his TVRs into the 24 Hours of Le Mans, twice in a row. He then won the British GT Championship in 2012, driving a Porsche 997 GT3-R.

As luck would have it, 20 years on, Caine couldn't buy back his championship-winning Tuscan Challenge, so instead. But then, Jordan managed to buy Caine's, which meant the pair had to stop bickering for a moment and make a deal. And since now both TVRs are getting restored at Jordan's workshop, they are highly likely to end up at the Goodwood Festival of Speed once done. The Jordans are regulars there.

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