Morgan is a BMW enthusiast, so it’s difficult not to show our love. British sports car manufacturer Morgan has used Bavarian engines on many of its vintage-looking roadsters for years. Morgan Plus Four is the latest Morgan model to feature a Bavarian engine. It uses BMW’s B48 four cylinder engine. The all-new Morgan Plus Four racecar is even better.
There are currently two Morgan Plus Four prototype racecars; one manual and one auto; both with green-and-white liveries to honor Morgan’s racer from 1962. You wouldn’t know they were not from 1962 if you looked at them. They are, however, as current as any TikTok influencer.
The Morgan Plus Four racecar is just a modified Plus Four road car, which means it has the same flexible aluminum-intensive architecture (internally known as CX). The platform can be modified to use typical internal combustion, a hybrid powertrain, or even full-on electrification. It might look old but it’s as fresh as can be underneath.
The 2.0-liter turbocharged four cylinder engine is still available for race-car duties. It produces 255 horsepower and 295 pounds of torque. Because of its faster gear changes and slightly lower curb weight, the automatic car performs better. The cars have been stripped of all unnecessary parts and are extremely light. The cabin does not contain Morgan’s beautiful, traditional wood and its luxurious leather seats. For that matter, there are no carpets nor creature comforts. The car is a stripped-down race car with bucket seats and a 4-point harness. It also has a roll cage.
The chassis and suspension were tweaked for racing duty, too, but Morgan is mum on the details at the moment. However, it now gets Avon ZZR semi-slick racing tires, which help keep it sticky.
The Morgan Plus Four racecar is road-legal, which is one of its best features. It can be driven from your garage to the track and completed as many laps you want. You then return it to your garage.
Admittedly, if you’re serious about proper racing, you don’t buy a four-cylinder Morgan. You buy a Porsche 911 GT3 or something of the like. However, the Morgan Plus Four race car is a deliciously cool, incredibly desirable toy that can be used both on the road and on the track and likely provide smiles that even the quickest GT3 might not be able to. The Plus Four offers vintage racing feel without any of the drawbacks. We don’t know how much it’s going to cost yet, though expect it to be quite a bit more expensive than the standard road car, but it’s probably worth the money.
Publited Sat 31 July 2021 at 13:37.46 +0000