South West Sports Cars based in Taunton, Somerset broke new ground when they started up, by being the only hire company in the world to specialise in hiring out TVRs. 

 

Not content with renting out what might be considered as 'ordinary' TVRs (is any TVR ordinary?) they have added a unique Tuscan Racer to their hire fleet.

 

 

Our 'Yellow Beast' is the only TVR Tuscan Racer for hire on the road in the UK.  

 

The car was originally built in 1989 and took part in the TVR Tuscan Challenge racing championship before being converted to 'road legal' in 1998.  It has a 4.5 liter dry sump Rover V8 with quad carbs under the bonnet.  We put the car on the dyno after we bought it and the outputs were measured as 413 bhp and 309 lb/ft torque at 7,000 revs.

 

As the car weighs around a ton, the power to weight ratio is in excess of 400 bhp per ton (compared to, say, an Aston Martin V12 Vantage at 308 bhp/ton).  However, the car is a realistic proposition on the road as the power increase is quite progressive and with bags of torque it doesn't need to be kept in a low gear at high revs to make quite decent progress. 

 

Inside the car has two Sparco seats (with the driver seat adjustable for leg length) with Luke harnesses to strap yourself in tight.  The cockpit is best described as functional, with it's racing history being quite evident.  The car sits on 18" spiders and the suspension is set up for road use, although still very much on the firm side.  The bodywork isn't bad for an ex-racing car, again it's very much an authentic part of this car's character - you can imagine the swapping of paintwork that went on whilst lapping on the limit alongside other Tuscan Racers.

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