British car manufacturer TVR has teased an announcement of the brand’s return to motorsport on Twitter, with a pixelated render of what RACER understands is a Rebellion R13 LMP1. The tweet, posted on Wednesday, was taken down several hours later.
Assuming TVR will be collaborating with Rebellion for the ‘Super Season,’ bringing the brand back to Le Mans after 13 years away, there are three possibilities: The car will either be renamed a TVR, though this is unlikely as the entries by Rebellion are already filed as R13s; the Gibson engines will be rebadged as TVRs (though RACER understands that there is no commercial deal currently in place); or some form of sponsorship for the Swiss team’s program.
Though the TVR tease references a Thursday announcement, the full reveal of the Rebellion R13 is set for Friday morning at Paul Ricard ahead of the FIA WEC Prologue Test.
The British brand has been actively evaluating a return to endurance racing in recent years; its chairman Les Edgar stated publicly that the brand would be heading back to Le Mans in interviews.
TVR last appeared at Le Mans in 2005 (pictured above), represented by Racesport Peninsula, who campaigned a Tuscan T400R, completing a three-year stretch at La Sarthe for the car in the hands of various customer teams.