British sports car manufacturer TVR has confirmed its new partnership with Rebellion Racing, branding the Swiss outfit’s R-13 LMP1s for the upcoming FIA WEC ‘Super Season.’ The link to Rebellion comes via mutual partner Motul.
This news means that the TVR brand will have a presence in sports cars, and specifically Le Mans, for the first time since its Tuscan T400R stopped racing in 2005.
The extent of the announcement which was teased for a few hours by TVR on social media (before being taken down) sees the TVR brand appear as a partner, but not as part of the team name, the car name nor the engine.
While chairman Les Edgar hinted that this deal will have an impact on the brand’s future plans, it’s unclear if the partnership is part of a longer-term plan to bring TVR back to high-level motorsport as a full manufacturer.
“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.”