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TVR Chimaera 1997

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Engine

Rover V8, OHV, 5 main Bearings, aluminium block and cylinder heads, catalytic converter

Bore & Stroke: 94mm x 81.9mm

Displacement: 4,546cc

Compression ratio: 9.5 to1

Carburation: Lucus multi point fuel injection

Max Power: 285bhp at 5,500rpm

Max Torque: 305lb/ft at 4,500rpm

Maximum speed: 160mph

Acceleration: 0-60 mph 4.6secs

Overall fuel consumption: 22mpg

 

Wheels

16in(front) /17in(rear) ?7 spoke cast alloy

Tyres 205/50ZR16 87W(front) 225/45ZR17 94Y(rear)

Transmission

RWD, 5 speed manual gearbox with hydraulic clutch.

Ratios: 1st 2.95:1 2nd 1.95:1 3rd 1.34:1 4th 1.00:1 5th 0.8:1

 

Steering

rack and pinion, 2.5 turns lock to lock

 

Suspension

Front Unequal length double wishbones, coil springs with gas dampers, anti-roll bar. Rear Unequal length double wishbones, coil springs with gas dampers, anti-roll bar and limited slip differential.

Construction

GRP body on multi- tubular steel chassis

 

Dimensions & Weight

Wheelbase: 2,282mm / 90in

Track, front & rear: 1,460mm / 57.5in

Overall length: 4,015mm / 158.1in

Overall width: 1865mm / 73.4in

Overall height: 1215mm / 47.8in

Ground clearance: 132mm / 5.2in

Kerb weight: 1,060kg / 19.48cwt

Fuel capacity: 57L / 12.5 Imp. gal

 

Production

1993-98 6,000 built

1993 - The Chimaera was first produced. The name was derived from Chimera, the monstrous creature of Greek mythology, which was made of the parts of multiple animals. It was designed by Peter Wheeler, John Ravenscroft and Peter's dog Ned, who rumour has it designed the front indicator recess. The car was based on the Griffith 4.x running gear and chassis and was fitted with a slightly softer suspension set up, with Bilstein dampers and a rear anti-roll bar. The car was provided with a 4.0ltr or 4.3ltr version of the Rover V8, as fitted to the Griffith, but with catalytic converters to meet 1993 regulations. The initial reviews of the car were very favourable. 1994 - The first modification took place, when the Rover SD1 gearbox was replaced with a Borg-Warner T5 gearbox. This was followed by the introduction of the 5 litre engine as fitted to the Griffith 500.1996 - was the first major overhaul of the Chimaera. It was at about this time that the Chimaera and the Griffith started to share the same chassis and brakes, although the dampers remained different. The Griffith also received the Chimaera's rear anti-roll bar. These changes were all under the surface and went unnoticed by most people, but the biggest changes were cosmetic!The wire front grill was replaced by the split intake design from the Cerbera. The door locks were replaced with an under wing-mirror design, the rear bumper strip and boot lid were re-designed, and the boot hinges replaced along with the rear light clusters. The interior also got a refresh with many of the switches being re-designed. However, throughout these changes the car was unmistakably still a Chimaera. These cars being TVR's, the '96 editions can have some or all of the modifications described installed, which can make buying spares a challenge!2001 - was the next time the exterior of the car was changed with the addition of faired in headlights. In 1993 the Chimaera became TVR's biggest selling car and remained in that position until 1998. There were about 6000 produced, and there are more Chimaeras on the road than the total TVR's produced over the preceding 25 years.