Its name comes from a dangerous lightweight battle axe used by the Scythians in classical times. The rugged design of the TVR Sagaris does this idea justice. Big headlights in front of a large engine bay covered with ventilation is a daunting sight indeed. First seen at the 2003
MPH03 Auto show, the Sagaris was a sports car made for endurance racing, which seems reminiscent of rallying. What this means is that the Sagaris can cover long distances of up to
1600 kilometers without any service intervals or other pauses.
But the big ventilated hood has good reason for being relatively large. The Sagaris is powered by a 4 liter engine that produces a staggering 380 bhp and 473 Nm of torque at a lowly 4500 rpm. In combination with a short 5gear manual gearbox, this machine can reach
100 kilometers per hour in just 3.7 seconds. And with brake discs the size of 30 centimeters, one can stop just as quickly.
What is interesting for the Sagaris is that it features no airbags or ABS. The nowdeceased owner of TVR, Peter Wheeler, was involved in the designing process of this car. He believed that such safety mechanisms promote overconfidence in drivers. Other aids like traction control and electronic stability control are also lacking. This is exactly what makes the Sagaris a car for racing, and not for daily driving.