TWR is making a comeback, the company made famous for racing around the world, including at Bathurst and Le Mans, will return to action as a new bespoke performance car maker.
Tom Walkinshaw Racing was behind some of the most famous racing programs of the 1980s and ‘90s, including Jaguar’s Bathurst 1000 and Le Mans 24-hour success, as well as the glory days of the Holden Racing Team in Australia. And it was thanks to these on-track successes that the company expanded into road car operations, playing a major role in the development of the Jaguar XJR-S, XJ220, Aston Martin DB7, Volvo C70 and decades of Holden Special Vehicles models.
TWR has been dormant for over a decade now but Tom Walkinshaw’s son, Fergus, is leading its revival. Fergus Walkinshaw will head up this ‘new generation’ of TWR which won’t return to racing but instead focus on becoming “a world-class constructor of bespoke high-performance automobiles.” The new TWR is based in Berkshire in the United Kingdom and is a separate entity to Tom Walkinshaw Racing. There is understood to be no link between TWR and the Australian-based Walkinshaw Automotive Group, run by Fergus’ brother, Ryan.
While there are no public details on what the company’s first project will be, Fergus made it clear that it will be more than just modifying cars to add some extra performance.
“This new generation of TWR is first and foremost an engineering company that will make cars, rather than a car maker doing engineering,” he said. “And that’s an important distinction. We will make use of cutting-edge technology, combining new expertise with traditional craft to build world-class products that make a statement of what this new TWR is all about. We aim to build some truly impressive and innovative automobiles, unconstrained by the rulebooks and styling demands of OEMs.”
Details of the first project will be revealed “shortly” according to the company’s press release.