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TVR Chimaera 4.0 - Report 003




The good news is I remain not on fire, same for the car. The intake mod and a new/improved washer jet setup were a great success so it’s running beautifully and I can see where I’m going.


Which is useful because Christ this thing is still quick, I've driven a few modern fast cars and there’s just no replacement for a naturally aspirated V8. Many miles of smiles until I get to the fuel pump because petrol’s about £6 a litre, not because of a war in Ukraine…But because of corporate greed making us all but the Conservative party very skint indeed.


There has been a minor hiccup. A local yob kicked the mirror off my car! Not a big issue, I can go to a scrapyard and buy a new one for £20. But no I can’t because it’s not a 2008 Ford Mondeo. The mirror pods on my car were shared with a Citroen CX, Aston Martin DB7, Jaguar XK220, Mclaren F1, Lotus Esprit, Aston Martin Vantage, Marcos Mantis...So they’re very hard to find and achingly expensive. Fortunately, the police and my insurance company have a number plate and a witness, so the local TVR body shop has a blank cheque to repair.


Because I’m weird I priced it up - £800 door mirror unit, £400 paint - Rolls Royce Black Sapphire, £200 door alignment, £200 polish & seal. Very expensive spot of rage. That’ll learn ‘im.


Anyway, moving on, I’ve found a company in Swansea that is up for making me an active exhaust system. So this summer I’ll be taking it to them to plan a way to do it. I essentially want a way to retain the straight piped V8 noise but without my ear canals melting on motorways. So an active exhaust where I can switch between loud and not-so-loud will be welcome. Bit of a first for TVR pages as people have been discussing these for years but no one has actually taken the plunge for some reason so we’ll see how it goes.


You may note I’m not sure about MPG and mileage. That’s because the odometer’s broken. It’s still a TVR after all.


 

Date acquired - December 2019

Total mileage - Unknown (broken clocks)

Mileage this ¼ - Unknown

MPG - Unknown

Expenditure - At least £800

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