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Year 2000
Engine 7.7 L 12 cylinder
Transmission 6-speed manual
Max speed

200+ mph

0-60 mph 3.7 seconds
Horsepower 800 bhp @ 7250 rpm
weight 1000 kg / 2200 lbs

The TVR Cerbera Speed Twelve, originally known as Project 7/12 was a high performance concept car designed by TVR in 1997. Based in part on then-current TVR mechanicals, the Speed 12 was designed to be one of the worlds fastest road-legal supercars as well as provide the basis for a GT1 endurance race car. Unfortunately due to development problems with the road car, and changes in the GT1 class regulations TVR was forced to abandon the project.

The TVR Speed 12 is powered by a steel-block 7.7 litre, 12 cylinder engine which was reportedly capable of developing nearly 1000 horsepower. This was mated to a specially constructed 6-speed gearbox. The original 7/12 concept was unveiled at the 1996 Birmingham Motor Show and it immediately generated immense interest within the press and public alike. The '7' part of the name referred to the 7.7 litre engine, and '12' referred to the number of cylinders.

The road-going, and by then renamed, TVR Speed 12 was ready in 2000. The weight had been kept down to 1000 kilograms and TVR were quick to say the car was a potential McLaren F1 beater with the words "over 240 miles per hour" mentioned on several occasions.

At this point several orders were taken and deposits handed over. Shortly after however, the Speed 12 was declared unusable on public roads by TVR's owner at the time, Peter Wheeler. It was quite simply too powerful. The deposits were returned and development of the road car halted. The existing prototypes were used for spares on the race cars.

In 2003 TVR created a one-off, road-going Speed 12 constructed from a prototype and using a body cast from the molds of the race car. It was then sold on to a TVR enthusiast.

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