Triumph Motor Company has made a remarkable comeback with the unveiling of the Triumph TR25. This captivating electric concept car, designed by Makkina, pays homage to the iconic Triumph TR2 MCV575 “Jabbeke” that set records back in 1953. Reviving the legacy of Triumph, the TR25 showcases a fusion of classic design cues with cutting-edge technology, capturing the imagination of automotive enthusiasts worldwide.
Design Inspired by History
The Triumph TR25 draws inspiration from the legendary TR2, incorporating various design elements reminiscent of its predecessor. One striking feature is the incorporation of two headlights with the prominent number “25” in the center, signifying Makkina’s 25th anniversary. The minimalist exterior of the concept car deviates from the original’s curvaceous silhouette, instead opting for short overhangs, larger wheels, and sharp creases over the fenders.
The rear of the TR25 is dominated by sleek, vertical taillights that seemingly slice through the back of the vehicle, elegantly framing the Triumph word mark. Makkina has seamlessly blended clean, straightforward lines throughout the exterior, carrying the same aesthetic into the driver-focused, single-seat cabin. For those desiring a passenger experience, an optional flip-out jump seat is available.
Minimalist Interior with Modern Flair
Makkina’s design philosophy of simplicity is reflected in the TR25’s interior. The cabin features a sleek and uncluttered design, with a minimalist binnacle placed behind the steering wheel. This binnacle provides essential information to the driver, including battery range, road speed, and charge level. Paying homage to the “Jabbeke” triumph, the TR25 sports a spoked steering wheel, which combines vintage charm with modern technology. Equipped with a self-centering dial, the steering wheel displays vital vehicle information, while also allowing seamless access to drive modes and navigation functions.
Collaboration and Powertrain
To bring the Triumph TR25 to life, Makkina partnered with BMW, leveraging the renowned automaker’s expertise and the trademark ownership of the Triumph Motor Company. The concept car rides on the BMW i3s platform, blending Triumph’s timeless design with BMW’s advanced electric vehicle technology. While Makkina did not divulge specific powertrain details, the BMW i3s platform is equipped with an AC electric motor generating 181 horsepower and 199 pound-feet of torque. This power enables the BMW i3s to accelerate from 0 to 60 miles per hour in just 6.8 seconds, promising an exhilarating driving experience. Additionally, the BMW i3s boasts an impressive EPA-rated range of up to 153 miles on a single charge.
The Legacy of Triumph Continues
Triumph Motor Company’s storied past is characterized by remarkable achievements, and the Triumph TR2 MVC575 “Jabbeke” holds a special place in its history. This iconic vehicle set the land speed record for production cars under 2.0 liters back in May 1953. With streamlined enhancements, such as an under shield, rear wing splats, and a metal cockpit cover, the “Jabbeke” became a symbol of Triumph’s pursuit of excellence in both design and performance. Today, the original “Jabbeke” resides at the prestigious British Motor Museum, serving as a testament to the brand’s enduring legacy.