My new toy - TVR Griffith - LS3 6.2 V8

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  1. zed4

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    Hi,

    I thought I'd share some photos of my new toy as it seemed to generate some interest when I posted about it in a thread in General Chat. I bought it to sit alongside my BMW Z4M and to replace my TVR Chimaera. The idea was to completely restore my Chimaera, new paintwork, new interior, new roof etc. But then I came across this, sold my Chimaera and bought it!

    It was a very difficult decision to sell the Chimaera. I'd owned it for 4 years and I loved that car. We took it on holiday every year and we had so many happy memories in that car. I really miss it! But I'm hoping the new toy will be just as much fun!

    Details are:

    1996 TVR Griffith 500
    Topcats Racing engine conversion - new LS3 6.2 V8
    Tuned to 530hp and 515 ft lbs torque with swtichable Emerald ECU
    Accusump oil surge system
    Engine bay trimmed in gold leaf heatshields
    Tremec TKO 600 gearbox
    Complete bare chassis restoration from the ground up. New outriggers, new bushes, new wishbones etc.
    Custom valved coilovers
    17/18" wheels with R888 tyres
    Complete bare body repaint in original yellow
    Custom fitted larger headlights
    Custom fitted bonnet vents
    All new custom interior in black and yellow with Lotus seats
    Custom roll cage
    New roof
    New carpets

    Many other bits too!

    Pics...

    [​IMG]16422369_10158203384910302_6437950778332023911_o (1) by Daniel Yeates, on Flickr

    [​IMG]16463142_10158203386480302_8298575004065096680_o by Daniel Yeates, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Untitled by Daniel Yeates, on Flickr

    [​IMG]16463573_10158203387180302_547375377581887305_o by Daniel Yeates, on Flickr

    [​IMG]16463579_10158203386530302_3061515393410503367_o by Daniel Yeates, on Flickr

    [​IMG]16602769_10158220423180302_8664424203811082830_n by Daniel Yeates, on Flickr

    [​IMG]16402754_10158203386605302_2450143353445212590_o by Daniel Yeates, on Flickr

    [​IMG]15267754_10154756994638185_6756788198333264637_n by Daniel Yeates, on Flickr

    [​IMG]TVR Griffith by Daniel Yeates, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Untitled by Daniel Yeates, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Untitled by Daniel Yeates, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Untitled by Daniel Yeates, on Flickr

    [​IMG]16463761_10158203385910302_790549788793051430_o by Daniel Yeates, on Flickr
     
  2. Barbs77

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    Lovely colour sunshine on a rainy day.
     
  3. Sloppy Bob

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    That looks cracking.

    Is it actually capable of driving in a straight line or do you just fishtail and oversteer everywhere...:p

    Because the standard ~430bhp and ~420lbft just would be intolerably slow in such a heavy car as a TVR?
    No it's because you can....

    I hope you're friendly with your local tyre fitter, they might be seeing a lot of you. Enjoy your new beastie, I know it would make me smile.
     
  4. zed4

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    Hehe! The standard 500 car was actually only around 320hp! This has around 500hp per tonne now! :eek:
     
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    Yeah. I was referring to the LS3 crate engine which must be absolutely bombastic. I've seen a few of these conversions and while the Rover is a solid reliable lump (unlike the TVR 6-cylinder) with the LS3 it must be phenomenal and sound absolutely awesome.

    Do small children cry at the noise when you drive past?
     
  6. zed4

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    Oh I see! :D

    Yes, quite a few mods on the engine, HUGE intake and throttle body (mechanical, done away with the electronic throttle body), Emerald ECU with switchable maps. Been dyno'd at around 530hp and 515 ft lbs, but it started to wheelspin at high revs, so it might be making more!

     
  7. zed4

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    Yes, it's loud!
     
  8. Sloppy Bob

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    I see you went for the unusual option of replacing the exhausts with a large bore shotgun instead.

    Nice.....
     
  9. joetheslug

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    Awesome...I think you should have gone for a brighter colour. Have you taken it round a race track yet?
     
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    Gorgeous !!!!
     
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    Lovely motor mate, nice condition too. I bet it sounds like rolling thunder when you start her up eh!!
     
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    In case it goes unnoticed ?;)
     
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    What an awesome beast. I'd love a Tuscan when I've got some spare cash.
     
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    Let's face facts, colour is irrelevant when it's so loud it makes you eyes bleed, never mind your ears.
     
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    What about your nose?
     
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    Liking the combo, good work; now time to stock up on tyres!
     
  17. zed4

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    Thanks for all the kind comments. Went out for a proper drive in it yesterday. Wow, what a weapon! It's properly, dangerously quick!! Third gear is just insane. Can't wait for some warm weather so I can properly open it up! It's just too cold to get proper traction at the moment.

    And it had to be yellow, I wouldn't have bought it if it wasn't yellow!
     
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    Friend had a Griffith for years - loved that car but I'm not sure the neighbours were as impressed when he drove off at 7am on a Sunday :eek:
    Your motor looks brilliant :thumbsup:
     
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    Very nice, can't beat that exhaust note.

    My friend had a 5 litre Griff and we swapped cars for a weekend once.
    It rained all weekend and I went everywhere sideways :p
     
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    lovely car, love TVRs.
     
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    What a hotrod!!
     

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