Rebellion Racing has announced that it has formed a partnership with British sportscar manufacturer TVR for its 2018/19 FIA WEC ‘Super Season’ LMP1 campaign.
This news means that the TVR brand will have a presence at Le Mans for the first time since the Tuscan T400R stopped racing in 2005. The link to Rebellion for TVR comes via mutual partner Motul.
For this, the Rebellion R-13s will feature TVR branding for the ‘Super Season’. The extent of the announcement which was trailed yesterday on social media, sees the TVR brand appear as a partner, but not as part of the team name, the car name nor the engine. It is however, very good news to see the long-trailed return of the TVR name, to endurance racing.
It remains to be seen whether this is the start of a long-term plan to enter sportscar racing as a manufacturer, though chairman Les Edgar has stated that this deal will have an impact on the brand’s future plans.
“Endurance racing is a key part of TVR’s DNA, and our role as the primary automotive partner of Rebellion Racing TVR gives us a great opportunity to return to the sport for the first time in 13 years,” he said.
“It also allows TVR to work with a competitive racing team and apply the output to the development and production of not only TVR road cars, but also our future one-make series and track cars. In this respect, the opportunity to work alongside Gibson, ORECA and Motul is fantastic.”