Rebellion is returning to the LMP1 category this year with its own vehicle developed in association with ORECA.
"We are happy to once again enter the World Endurance Championship alongside partners such as ORECA, Motul and now the iconic TVR brand that all motorsport fans know", said Calim Bouhadra, vice president of Rebellion Racing. "In this respect, the opportunity to work alongside Gibson, ORECA and Motul is fantastic". After sales started dwindling in the past decade, TVR chose to pull the plug on its operations for a bried period, and after a period of five years, the manufacturer made a return to the market with the Griffith sports auto in September, 2017, at the Goodwood Revival in England.
It is ten years since the TVR name has had any involvement with motorsport and 2018 will mark the 13 anniversary since its last competed at Le Mans, when the Racesport Peninsula TVR Tuscan Speed Six GT2 driven by John Hartshorne, Richard Stanton and Piers Johnson completed 256 laps of the twice round the clock race. This unit is based on the company's 4.2-litre V8 that has enjoyed plenty of success in LMP2 in recent years and in new 4.5-litre guise the naturally aspirated engine is expected to produce in excess of 750bhp in race trim.
The carmaker asserts that its relationship with Rebellion Racing will "flow directly into the development and production both of its road vehicle line-up, and into its future racing projects". While TVR returns to the WEC as a title sponsor, it did say that learnings from the collaboration will flow directly into the development of future road and race cars.
TVR will act as the main automotive partner for Rebellion Racing with the firm's logo incorporated into the red and black livery of the two Oreca R-13 LMP prototypes run by the team. The championship will begin with the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium on May 5, 2018.