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Breckland Beira: the first pictures

By Ben Pulman

First Official Pictures

03 June 2008 17:18

Missing Marcos and wondering just what exactly has happened to TVR? Well your sportscar wishes have been answered in the shape of a new British-built two-seater called the Breckland Beira.

Power (of course) comes from a 6.0-litre GM-sourced V8, but the chassis isn’t some hastily cobbled together tubular steel job. Underneath the stylish bodywork the Breckland is actually a Saturn Sky (aka the Pontiac Solstice).

Hang on, a Saturn Sky? That’s not good news for the Breckland Beira.

Ordinarily it wouldn’t be. However, Breckland has removed the Ecotec engine and dropped in the LS2 V8 engine, which apparently fitted remarkably easily. Total weight is 1400kg, and with that V8 kicking out just under 400bhp that Beira will reach 62mph in under five seconds before hitting the limiter at 155mph.

Breckland has also completely revised the chassis, to deal with the extra power, and to sort out the Saturn’s woeful handling. With the help of KW suspension there are uprated springs, dampers and bushes, plus thicker front and rear anti-roll bars. The brakes are now 325mm all round, with six-pot front and four-pot rear callipers. Wheels are 18-inch as standard, while 19-inch rims are an option.