The Speed 12 was the guiding light project for TVR, which excited all who worked there. Although the Speed 12 never made it into production as envisioned, much interest was generated, with many offers of deposits.
The first prototype Speed 12 was built in 1996, with an in-house developed 7.7L V12 normally aspirated engine producing 880hp.
To meet the criteria for which this car was being developed as a racer, it had to be based on a “Production” car. As the Cerbera was then technically mature, it made sense to brand it as a “Cerbera Speed 12” in order to qualify.
Rumour has it that when Peter tested the first road-going prototype, he declared it “too powerful for public roads” and promptly cancelled the project. However, enthusiasm for the iconic Speed 12 still remains.