Triumph roadster to be reborn in form of TR25 concept

Underground concept car consultancy Makkina has reimagined the iconic British roadster

The Triumph name is about to step back into the car industry limelight with the reveal of the Triumph TR25 roadster, a modern all-electric concept that provides a sneak preview of how a larger reimagination of the brand might pan out. Designed and built with permission from BMW – current owners of the Triumph naming rights – the TR25 is the creation of Makkina, a non-public facing design consultancy that has some of the world’s biggest car companies on its confidential client list. 

For now a pure concept, the Triumph TR25 has been designed around the mechanicals of a BMW i3 S, sharing its electric powertrain and underlying chassis, both of which have influenced the TR25’s i3-like proportions. The big difference is the car’s height, however, as the TR25’s body is completely unique, featuring a minimalist design inspired by the iconic Triumph TR2 ‘Jabbeke’ land speed record holder (for cars under 2-litres), built in 1953.

The rear-mounted electric motor has the same 184bhp as a BMW i3 S, delivering a claimed 5.2-second 0-62mph time. This time advantage is down entirely to the TR25’s lower weight, weight which sits at 1,095kg, down from the i3 S’s 1,290kg. This also benefits the indicated range, which is estimated at 190 miles.

But this concept isn’t about speed, rather purity of design. What might initially look like a very simple shape, lacking a windscreen and much of the paraphernalia associated with production cars, is a very subtle and clever interpretation of the original TR2’s design. With only very simple lines, the TR25’s rear haunches appear out of the tight bodywork, accentuated by a simple crease running down from the door shut lines that gives the sill and those haunches extra volume.

The lighting is extremely simple, with the vertical tail lights also functioning as vanes for a tucked diffuser section. These also reference the overriders that covered the brackets holding the bumpers on cars from the TR2 era. While a traditional grille is no longer required due to the EV powertrain, it has been referenced by graphics between the compact headlights. The semi-enclosed cockpit and drivers-width wind deflector is another nod to the TR2 Jabbeke.  

The cabin, highlighted by contrasting blue trim with woven soft-touch inserts, is pure concept car, with a simple and restrained dashboard displaying speed and the kWs being produced. With the cabin exposed, you can also see the central spine that runs through the cockpit, similar to the execution of other windscreen-less models by Aston Martin and Ferrari. 

Makkina’s Director and founder Michael Ani spoke with Auto Express, stating: “at this stage, TR25 is a pure concept, a contemporary vision of the famous ‘Jabbeke’ Triumph TR2. Although not intended for limited production at the moment, the fact that TR25 is based on a BMW platform and powertrain, provides scope to turn our concept into reality should the right opportunity arise.”. This suggests that work is being done on potentially bringing Triumph back from the dead, and with so much success being derived with models like the Fiat 500 and Mini Cooper, an all-electric reimagination could be the key to making it viable. 

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Senior staff writer

Senior staff writer at Auto Express, Jordan joined the team after six years at evo magazine where he specialised in news and reviews of cars at the high performance end of the car market. 

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