Morgan Aero 8

Morgan Aero 8

As if we haven’t been inundated with all these companies releasing EV sports cars recently, Morgan - yep, the very same brand that brought back the Three Wheeler - is laying the groundwork for its own electric sports car concept.

Together with British companies Zytek and Radshape, Morgan is in the development stages of building a prototype model that’s based on the Supersports chassis. If everything goes according to plan, two electric concepts being built under the Morgan +E program will be featured next year carrying a new high power-density electric powertrain courtesy of Zytek. This powertrain is being prepared as a new derivative of the company’s 70kW, 300 Nm electric powertrain that is already being used on some cars in the US.

For their part, Morgan is looking into exploring different avenues to further enhance their brand ever since its recent revival from obscurity. “This is an exciting investigation into the potential for a zero-emissions Morgan with near supercar performance,” says Morgan’s Operations Director, Steve Morris.

“By working closely with Zytek and Radshape, who already have considerable expertise in this field, we aim to make this a realistic concept that could lead to further developments if demand and other factors prove favorable.”

While this smells like an attempt by Morgan to keep abreast of the times by introducing an electric sports car concept, we’d be very surprised if this whole project makes it past the prototype phase. Not that we don’t want to see one on the road; it’s just that it speaks more about it being a feasibility study than it is about actually producing the car.

When it comes to Jay Leno and cars, we’ve come to expect just about anything. The comedian’s longstanding reputation as one of the world’s foremost car enthusiasts has pretty much been street knowledge for all of us.

So when Charles Morgan decided to drop by Jay Leno’s garage to show him his latest special-edition sports car, the Morgan Aero SuperSports , you could say that we weren’t totally surprised.

The new sports car, which was build in time for Morgan ’s 100th year anniversary, comes with a 380-horespower version of BMW ’s 4.8-liter V8, which, for a car that weighs just a step over a ton, is by all accounts, ridiculously fast.

And as someone who knows a thing or two about Morgan vehicles – he has, after all, a 1932 Morgan Three-Wheeler tucked in his garage – Leno didn’t waste time in getting behind the wheel of the Aero SuperSports and taking it for a leisurely spin out on Burbank.

Infusing both old-school design with new school technology, Morgan seems to have found a fan in Leno who was utterly impressed with the pace of the Aero SuperSports that it wouldn’t surprise us if we find one of these models find its way to his garage permanently.

Just one of the many perks of being Jay Leno.

Last week we showed you the production version of the Morgan Aero SuperSports , a vehicle that offers the classic English coach-built shape that veterans fell in love with after WWII, but with modern day running gear underneath, providing the best combination of style and reliability. Well today, we here at Top Speed would like to present to you the Morgan Aero SuperSports GT3, the racing version of the quirky English roadster. Don’t be fooled by the car’s outdated appearance, this full blown, purpose built racecar has already won its first two races in the International FIA GT3 Championship.

Charles Morgan, the operating director of the Morgan Motor Company said that "it was just incredible to see the new car dominating the field. The competition is extraordinary out there, with works supported teams from all of the major manufacturers. For me, one of the most exciting things is that the two races were won by different Morgans, and this bodes extremely well for the rest of the season." To him we say congratulations Mr. Morgan, we here at Top Speed don’t mind seeing special cars beat up on more recognized machines.

Another company that’s celebrating the century mark is Morgan . Unlike Mercedes or Audi, Morgan has not evolved much in the last 100 years. It’s a source of pride for Morgan that the cars are still built by hand, and even its more modern cars like the Aero 8 still use wood in part of the construction. So when Morgan announces a new model, we tend to take notice.

This past weekend the Aero SuperSports premiered at the Pebble Beach of Italy, Villa d’Este Concorso d’Eleganza. Based on the AeroMax coupe, the SuperSports has two aluminum roof panels that turn it into a targa. It’s powered by the same 4.8-liter BMW-sourced V8 engine that’s in the AeroMax. So we suspect it will make a similar 367 hp. It will enter into production in early 2010 and will be priced at £127,000 (about $185,000 at the current rates).

That may sound like a lot of money, but a Morgan is so much more than just a car. It stands for some of the world’s best craftsmanship and displays old world opulence at its finest. The release of the AeroMax coupe and SuperSports have helped Morgan join the modern era as well. Refinements to the chassis, engine and styling have made this car one of the most desirable cars on the road.

Hit the jump for more details on the Morgan Aero SuperSports.

At Geneva Motor Show, Morgan has unveiled the Aero 8 GT3, one of just three coupes purpose-built to compete in this season’s FIA Championship starting on May 6th at Silverstone. Morgan Aero 8 GT3 Racer is powered by BMW BMW ’s 5.0-lite V8 engine that delivers 420 bhp. It is built on the Aero 8’s aluminum chassis and has a six-speed Hollinger sequential gearbox. The unusual-looking racer is clad in lightweight carbon composite (...)
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Following its time honoured tradition of continuous improvement rather than outright model change; Morgan has updated its high performance, lightweight Aero 8 for 2006. The most striking change is a restyled front, that bears more than a passing resemblance to the graceful lines of the AeroMax coupe that starred at last year’s Salon de L’auto at Geneva. Now the allaluminium super performer sports more traditional Morgan lines, whilst preserving its remarkable handling and performance.

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The Morgan Aero 8 was first introduced in February of 2000 at the Geneva Motor Show and was Morgan’s first new model in more than sixty years. While the original Aero 8 was strictly a European car, the Brits couldn’t have their fun without us for too long.


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