For many racegoers throughout the 1990s, the sight – and sound – of the TVR Tuscan Challenge was the highlight of any given weekend. The series proved so successful that it arguably set the tone for every single-make sports car championship since, and it did so using simple but effective ingredients.
It had the drama of vibrant, curvaceous, open-topped sports cars, with huge V8 engines that endowed them with more power than grip. They looked spectacular, sounded even better, and were usually sideways, everywhere… What’s not to like?
The TVR Tuscan Challenge epitomised a key era in British sports car racing. It came way before a Lamborghini Super Trofeo or a Ferrari Challenge, and led the way in Britain when Porsche’s mighty Carrera Cup was still only in its infancy in Germany.
It was a mighty achievement for a diminutive manufacturer from Blackpool. However, it came about almost by accident.