The success of the Morgan Motor Company was founded on the manufacture of an icon, the Morgan Threewheeler. This brilliant but simple design by engineer Harry Morgan (HFS) became one of the most successful lightweight cars of the early days of motoring. From 1909 to 1953 around 30,000 Morgan Threewheelers were manufactured in Malvern and many more were made under license by Darmont Morgan in France. For many lucky owners it was their first experience of the freedom that car ownership could bring. Fast acceleration combined with a cruising range of over 50 miles to a gallon of petrol was an unbeatable combination in the day. On the race track the car became very successful, famously winning the French Grand Prix in 1913 and regularly lapping the banked Brooklands track at an average speed of over 100 mph. Stirling Moss who owned one is on record as saying “My Morgan was a great babe magnet”.
Whilst the world is a very different place in 201 1 the time is right to relaunch this exceptional design. Young people may not have experienced the same thrill as the early Threewheeler pilots and perhaps cult status is assured for a car with such an emphasis on simple honest functionality. The future of road transport in the 21st Century has two big issues, the conservation of precious resources and the protection of our beautiful natural environment. Downsizing and a philosophy of simplicity are ways of dealing with these problems.The Morgan Threewheeler is a proven answer to these problems. In 2011 the Morgan Motor Company is to expand its range and go back to its roots.
The 201 1 Morgan Threewheeler is a fusion of modern technology into a classic design. By fitting the latest “Screaming Eagle” 1800 cc engine from Harley Davidson and a Mazda 5 speed gearbox the car provides ‘get in and drive’ simplicity and reliability. A sturdy tubular frame and two rollover bars surround the passenger compartment. An aerodynamic super formed ‘bullet’ hull protects the occupants from the weather. However the feeling of freedom and contact with the road through the front wheels will bring to mind the joy of driving cars from the 20’s and 30’s but with none of their fragility or temperament. A leather padded aircraft style cockpit indulges the feeling of ‘flying through the air’. Refining the original design has produced a unique 21st century vehicle. A sub 500kgs overall weight and a slippery hull provides the ultimate in performance and fuel economy. The Morgan Three wheeler has unrivalled power to weight for its on the road price.
The specification ensures the driver and passenger have exactly what they need whilst encapsulating the original Morgan Threewheeler’s DNA. The attractive themes apparent in the successful Sport range of traditional Morgans forms the basis of the specification of the cars. Eight Sport colours with black detailing and a choice of black or tan leather are offered.
Weight: 500kg (Est.)
Power: 100bhp (at wheel) (Est.)
Top Speed: 115mph (Est.)
0-60 : 4.5 seconds (Est.)
Engine: 1800cc ‘V twin’
Gearbox: 5 speed + reverse
Super formed aluminium body
Choice of 8 sport colours
Gloss black wheel arches and lamps
Gloss black wire wheels
Matt black exhausts + gloss heat shield
Nickel colored cowl
Gloss black roll hoops
Black or tan leather
Leather seats, dash and side pads
Exposed tubular black chassis
Leather steering wheel + alloy centre
Black anodized dash panel
Aluminium ‘aircraft’ toggle switches
Body Colored trim panels
‘Bomb release’ style start button
‘Bespoke’ specifications for the Morgan Threewheeler will be available, as with any Morgan, but at increased cost and following a run of standard cars off the production line. For more images of the Morgan Threewheeler and to join the discussion of this latest, exciting, Morgan model, visit Talk Morgan. Customers and interested parties can contact Morgan Motor Company to express their interest in the 2011 3 wheeled Morgan sports car.
Today, Jayne Jones of the Morgan Motor Company confirmed the launch of a new Morgan 3-Wheeler at next year’s Geneva Show. She went on to say that the maker of fine British sports cars, whose business was founded on the design and production of 3-wheeled vehicles, anticipates the price tag to be “under £30,000″. Enthusiast and potential customers do not have long to wait for more information as she added that details of the car’s design and power plant would be revealed in November 2010.
The second weekend of September saw the annual Morgan Aero Club meet take place in St Tropez, France. The gathering of enthusiastic Morgan owners converged on the South of France in a selection of Aero models: every variant of Aero 8 (from Series 1 to 4), the Aeromax and the Aero SuperSports, from locations as varied as England, Austria, Switzerland and the host country France. Participants enjoyed warm sunny weather, the excellent hotel Château de la Messardiere, an exhilarating drive in the hills above the Côte d’Azur and wonderful food from beginning to end. Photos of this event can be found on the enthusiasts forum for Morgan sports cars, Talk Morgan.
Since the launch of the Morgan EvaGT sports car on Sunday the 15th, at Pebble Beach, there have been the same photographs floating around the internet; however, we have just received these photos from Morgan Motor Company and these fresh angles really illustrate how stunning the latest Morgan is.
The Morgan Eva GT had it’s world premier today at Pebble Beach Concours. This exciting new 2+2 fixed head coupe from Morgan Motor Company follows in the success of the limited production Morgan AeroMax.
MMC issued a press release along with launch drawings of the latest Morgan to grace the automotive stage. Here is what the company say about the Eva GT: -
“Morgan EvaGT (specification subject to change)
The goal is to manufacture a practical car that could be used everyday and answer all a family’s transport needs. Although it has two large doors the car can seat four adults and has a large boot (reference the current Morgan Aero SuperSport, but it is considerably deeper on the EvaGT with a full hatch style entry). As all Morgans the car will be fun to drive with sensitive hydraulic power steering and excellent balance. The mass is evenly distributed within the axles and the car has short overhangs.
Weight 1250 kgs
Rear wheel drive
BMW Twin Turbo straight six.
306 Bhp 400 nm torque
Choice of 6 speed manual or automatic gearbox.
Electronic Stability Control
Euro 6 and US EPA (auto only) approved
200 gms Co2/km
40 mpg 7.06 litres/100 kms
Predicted 0-60 (100km/h) 4.5 secs
Predicted V/max 170mph/273 km/h
The powertrain of the EvaGT has been developed over 3 years using BMW facilities for high speed testing, hot weather sign off and emission testing.
Designed on Catia
A development of the Aero SuperSports platform currently used in production and for the Morgan Aero SuperSports GT3 race cars
Compliant with US and European Safety standards
Continental Smart Airbag System
Designed in Alias
Superplastically formed panels made from lightweight alloys. The large outer panels are adhesively bonded to inner panels that are predrilled for interior features.
Wireless canbus system for reliability
EPDM rubber seals with varying shore hardness for a quiet seal to suit the aperture
Electronic window drop
GPS system with Apple connectivity
The Morgan Motor Company is taking orders with a request for a deposit of £5000 to ensure an early allocated build slot. The first 100 cars are planned for production to begin in mid 2012.”
We hope you enjoy these photos from the Pebble Beach launch; for more images of the Morgan EvaGT click here.
A superb time was had by MSCC & Talk Morgan members at the 2010 Le Mans Classic; from parade laps of the 8-mile Circuit de la Sarthe to watching the classic cars race through the night, the event held over July 9th, 10th and 11th was a resounding success. For a selection of photos, taken by the members of Talk Morgan (which include photos of a variety of classic Morgans, the new Aero SuperSports, the Aeromax, classic racing cars and other cars at Classic Le Mans), you can follow these links: LMC Photos One, Two, Three and Four.
A simple article for this warm June evening – a quick 1-minute video walk-around of the 2010 Morgan Aero SuperSports. This particular example is owned by someone with the X-Factor, definitely a Britain with talent and more than a Pop Idol. A man with a razor sharp ability to speak the truth and obviously, from his latest car purchase, excellent taste in sports cars.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with the vehicle in question, it is the limited production run Aero SuperSports: powered by a 4.8 BMW V8, with 362bhp and 370lb ft of torque, the light weight aluminium chassis and body, (total vehicle weight 1,175 kg), allow this sports car to sprint from rest to 62 mph in 4.5 seconds.
Morgan Motor Company have launched the ordering system for the upcoming 2 plus 2 sports coupé, the EvaGT. The system allows potential customers to register their interest in this exciting Morgan, as well as reserve a car from the initial production run of 100 cars to be built in 2012. As a continuation of the Morgan Aero line, this new sports car looks to be another exciting chapter in the 101-year history of the last of the family owned British sports car makers.
The Morgan Motor Company have sent Talk Morgan and the Morgan Car News a preview of their upcoming press release for the Morgan EvaGT, previously only refereed to as the Morgan 2+2 concept. Here is the information provided by MMC: -
At a time of global conservation with a drive towards improved fuel economy the Morgan Motor Company introduces a new concept for a sporting family, the Morgan EvaGT. The four seater Coupe takes its inspiration from the British sports saloons of the early 1950’s. Among these were the Bristol 400 series and the Frazer Nash BMW 328. After the Second World War rationing forced designers to conserve and make the most of the materials at their disposal. However the pressure cooker of war had also led to an abundance of innovative engineering ideas. Steel was scarce so lightweight aluminium was used for bodywork. Smooth “in-line” straight six cylinder engines were fitted to give long distance comfort and reliability. Because the engineers had often worked on aircraft development during the war aerodynamics contributed to high but economical cruising speeds.
The Morgan Motor Company is the last survivor of these British sports car manufacturers. Of course the company is lucky enough to have 100 years of continuous success behind it and like Bristol and Frazer Nash; Morgan has a history of successful collaborations with German suppliers BMW, Siemens and Bosch. But Morgan also works with a number of young engineering companies in the United Kingdom and with world class British university research departments.
The new challenge is to make cars that are more efficient than any we have seen so far. The Morgan Motor Company is in a good position to respond to this challenge because the company is small and flexible with a proven track record of fast development cycles. It currently manufactures one of the greenest sports cars in the world, the Morgan Four Four Sport. Morgan achieves this result with the use of the new Ford 1.6 Sigma engine coupled with a light chassis. Morgan currently has a young well qualified technical team working towards a potential 5 engineering PHD’s, who will make full use of research departments at the University of Oxford, Cranfield and Birmingham City to tap into a technical knowledge network to make more efficient cars. This team is helping to develop a high torque electric motor twice as powerful as others of the same weight and size and a powerful lithium phosphate battery with a higher charge density to achieve the most efficient performance for weight so far.
The dynamic team at Morgan has made a commitment from 2010 that they will bring out a new model every two years. The legendary sports car manufacturer will target new niches…..electric sports cars, a fun weekend vehicle and the first of the new cars will be the Morgan EvaGT, a four seater Coupe aimed at young families, with a bit of drama or automotive theatre as we like to call it. This is a revolution for a car company famous for making the same car for 50 years!
The Morgan EvaGT
Brief provisional specification
The Morgan EvaGT makes full use of clever technologies that the Morgan Motor Company has developed to manufacture a lightweight car. Morgan was one of the first car companies to see the advantage of a bonded aluminium chassis to give rigidity but also to save weight. The EvaGT uses a further developed version of the bonded aluminium chassis of the Morgan Aero SuperSports, a chassis that successfully competes in International GT3 Sports Car Racing. Compliant with European and US safety approvals.
Morgan was the first car company in 1995 to see the benefit of superformed aluminium, an aircraft technology, to manufacture smooth accurate body parts. Morgan Design have sculpted a new shape for the Morgan EvaGT that focuses on natural materials and understands their unique technical properties. Using computer technology in design and in manufacture to ensure accuracy, the parts are then hand finished to make sure they feel as good as they look. A perfect “A” class surface, minimal shut lines, hidden wipers, flush door handles and sharp creases deflect air over the surface of the car. The new Morgan EvaGT represents a philosophy of lightweight luxury that embraces authenticity, sustainability and innovation achieving its final result through the process of skilled craftsmanship.
Technical Specification (subject to change):
BMW 3 litre straight six mono twin turbo with direct petrol injection 306bhp and 400nm torque
- Euro 5 and 6 compliant at 200 gms Co2/km, US FMVSS, CARB and EPA approved.
- 40 mpg / 7.06 litres/100kms
- 6 speed sport automatic or 6 speed manual gearbox.
- Rear wheel drive with fully independent intelligent suspension
- Aluminium body panels with a laminated internal safety structure.
- Predicted weight of 2755 lbs/1250 kg
- Predicted 0-60 mph 4.5 seconds/ 0-100km/h 4.5 seconds
- Predicted top speed 170mph / 273 km/h
The first public view of the Morgan EvaGT will be at the 60th Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, Carmel, California, USA on the 15th August 2010.
The Morgan Motor Company will be taking orders worldwide with a request for a deposit of £5000 from prospective clients for an allocated build slot. The first 100 cars of a limited run are planned to begin production mid 2012 and the “on-road” price will be competitive for a car of this class.
Following on from the superb video review of the iconic Morgan Aeromax by Drivers Republic (with the assistance of Talk Morgan), we bring you the equally brilliant interview of Charles Morgan and tour of the Morgan Motor Company. This video is a must watch for any enthusiasts of Morgan sports cars.
We thought it was about time we posted some of the best videos produced about Morgan cars. This one is possibly the best video review of the limited production run (100 made for customers) Morgan Aeromax sports car. This video, and the accompanying article, was produced by Drivers Republic, with the assistance of Talk Morgan, in May of 2008. So, without further ado, for your viewing pleasure…
LIFECar2 – The Next Generation of LIFECar
Following on from the rapturous response that LIFECar received, Morgan Motor Company has decided to take LIFECar from a prototype, to a fully fledged production vehicle. There have been some changes to the original brief, making the car more practical, while retaining the revolutionary features that made LIFECar unique.
In the place of the original hydrogen fuel cell is a super-efficient, series hybrid drivetrain, developed using some of the countries best universities, making use of the wealth of knowledge in their research departments. The drivetrain will power a vehicle that epitomises Morgan core value of innovation. The use of sustainable lightweight materials will ensure that not only is the vehicle fuel efficient with a low carbon output, but that at the end of its very long life, it will be easily recyclable.
Some key figures for the LIFECar are:
- 1000 mile range
- Ultra lightweight (sub 800kg)
- 15 mile EV range
- 0-60mph in 7 seconds
- ~£40,000 Price
Universities involved with LIFECar2 are:
- Birmingham City University
- Oxford University
- Cranfield University
Morgan Motor Company have refreshed their web site today. The revised home page has the latest images and information regarding all the current sports cars for sale. The revision allows for easier navigation to particular models as well as access to the specific brochures. In keeping with this change, both Sport Models, the 4/4 Sport and Roadster Sport have gained far more prominence on the site. Sadly, the iconic Aeromax has been withdrawn from the current line up, perhaps signalling the delivery of the final 11 of these modern British sports cars to the USA. The LIFECar, however, is still featured prominently and the renaming of the concept to LIFECar2 would seem to confirm MMC’s ongoing commitment to the project . The site can be found at www.morgan-motor.co.uk
MMC and Craig Hamilton-Smith describe their vision for the Morgan garden:
“The Morgan garden celebrates the companies aim for zero emission sports cars.
The three wheeler car at the back of the garden and the zero emission Morgan Sports Car at the front are an example how Morgan have developed over the last 100 years.The Morgan garden, like Morgan, is a mixture of formal structure, but is overlaid with meadow-like planting. This garden will encourage biodiversity, a place where native ecology can thrive.
The garden will be alive with life and movement, catching the wind and light, hopefully there will be something for everyone. This is a garden you could take home and it explores how even with limited space one could have a little piece of meadow. This garden will require relatively little maintenance and consume significantly less resources than a lawn and border.”
The RHS Malvern Spring Show is on from May 6th until the 9th 2010; so why not go and see the wonderful Morgan garden for yourself. The design plan can be found on the Morgan Motor Company web site or via this link.
Morgan Motor Company have just sent The Morgan Car News and Talk Morgan the price list for all RHD and LHD Classic Morgan sports cars on sale in 2010. This information has not been put into brochure format; however, the document lists the price for all Morgan traditional Classic models, which include: The Morgan 4/4 Sport 1.6, Morgan Roadster Sport, Morgan Plus 4 2.0, Morgan Plus 4 4-Seater, Morgan Roadster 3.0 V6, Morgan Roadster 4-Seater and limited run SuperSports Junior Pedal Car.
The RHD and LHD price list of all the classic Morgan sports cars, for sale in 2010, can be viewed on this link. Start planning your next Morgan sports car now!