MG needs our love, guys and gals. The British automaker deserves it and it’s on us to give it. With so many automakers having sports hatchbacks available, it’s easy to see why MG can get lost in the mix. So it’s on us to give it some shine, especially when it releases a model like the MG3 Trophy Championship Concept that actually has some very nice qualities and over 100 horsepower more than the standard version.
The model was introduced at the MG90, an event that celebrated the company’s 90th anniversary, that took place from June 20 through 24, 2014. Three concepts were launched during the event and one of them is the MG3 Trophy Championship Concept. It’s based on the current MG3 and was given a comprehensive aerodynamic and performance upgrade that has given the sports hatch a little more pop.
It’s not going to blow your mind, but it could be appealing enough to get racing teams interested in the vehicle. That’s one of the objectives in launching the concept and for the sake of MG, we’re hoping that interest is high on this modified bad-boy.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 MG MG3 Trophy Championship Concept.
MG MG3 Trophy Championship Concept In Detail
The biggest source of pride for the MG3 Trophy Championship Concept is the engine upgrade.
As a race car concept, MG pulled out all the stops to make the MG3 lighter than its standard configuration. Accomplishing that involved a host of things, beginning by making the body lighter. Once that was accomplished, MG took the task of increasing the car’s sturdiness, doing so by adding a limited-slip differential, a fully adjustable Macpherson strut front setup, an adjustable front splitter, and a twin-plain adjustable rear spoiler.
The biggest source of pride for the MG3 Trophy Championship Concept is the engine upgrade. Thanks to a slew of modifications to the engine, this race car concept is now capable of producing 204 horsepower and 191 pound-feet of torque, an incredible increase from the standard model’s 100-horsepower and 100 pound-feet of torque numbers.
Last weekend’s MG90 event saw the iconic MG marque celebrate its 90th year anniversary at Silverstone circuit last weekend, with a display of historic, current and future MGs, including three concept vehicles.
The MG3 Trophy Championship concept, based on the current MG3 production vehicle platform and created to highlight in-house engineering, design and calibration capabilities by SMTC UK at Longbridge, continues the MG tradition of club racing. Modifications include tuning of the 1.5 litre, 106PS, MG3 engine currently featuring 136Nm torque, to achieve a max power output of 204 BHP (207 PS) and 260Nm of torque. The Trophy vehicle has also undergone a full body-lightening programme without compromising on stiffness, boasts a limited slip differential, a fully adjustable Macpherson strut front set up with bespoke rear anti roll bar, adjustable front splitter and twin plain adjustable rear spoiler.
The racing concept was created by a team of engineers, managed by Vehicle Engineering Specialist Adrian Guyll, and based at SAIC Motor’s state of the art European Design and Technical Centre (SMTC), located alongside MG Motor UK at the Longbridge site in Birmingham. SMTC and MG are both owned by parent company, SAIC Motor; the largest automotive company in China, currently ranked 103rd in the Fortune 500.
The Trophy Championship concept previewed at the MG90 event last weekend in order to gauge potential demand for an MG Trophy race vehicle. Any interest can be raised directly with Adrian via email Adrian.Guyll@saicmotor.co.uk. Passenger and display laps continued throughout the weekend at the Stowe and GP circuit, with the vehicle driven by MG BTCC drivers Jason Plato and Sam Tordoff.
Launched in September 2013, the MG3 supermini is fun to buy, fun to drive and fun to own with over one million personalisation options, class leading chassis and driving dynamics, and exceptional value for money aftercare packages. The successful supermini is priced from only £8,399 to £9,999, or on PCP from only £99 a month or from zero deposits. The MG3 benefits from an ultra low 4E insurance group, strong residuals of up to 61 per cent, class leading interior and boot space, and high levels of equipment on all specifications as standard, as well as complete peace of mind with the three years fixed servicing package MG CARE3, the ultimate in carefree