The most quintessentially Victorian of all British car companies, Morgan, has a new Aeromax concept.
Morgan's new targa Aeromax
Considering Morgan ran nearly 50 years on a single model, concepts from the erstwhile purveyor of the wood-chassis car are few and far between.
Since its founding in 1909, the iconic British sportscar manufacturer has only had four bosses, three of which are in direct lineage of each other.
Current big cheese, Charles, is the grandson of founder, H.F.S Morgan. A very unique company then, especially in these tumultuous times, celebrating a centenary during perhaps the worst year in automotive history.
Keen to capitalise on this heritage, Charles Morgan commissioned Matthew Humphries to resurface the company’s current mainstay model – the Aero 8 – and produce something a tad more exclusive.
The result is the Aero SuperSports due for production by 2010, and priced to be a very bespoke purchase indeed, at £127 000.
Essentially SuperSports is an open-top (not soft-top) version of the Aeromax coupe, which in turn was a 100 unit (limited production run) hard-top version of the Aero 8 convertible.
Featuring two detachable aluminium roof panels (which stow in the boot when removed for targa-topped motoring) the Aero SuperSports is an engaging proposition.
Lightweight car, BMW V8 - rapid performance
Thanks to Morgan’s highly skilled craftsmen (and the patience of its customers) the Aero Supersports features dexterously manipulated aluminium bodywork (wrapped around an aluminium and ash chassis), which ensures a very low 1 100kg kerb weight.
Engine is based on the BMW's contemporary V8s, chassis is high tech aluminium with a dash of Belgian ash in the body frame, to retain Morgan's traditional wood-frame heritage.
Powered by a modified, BMW-sourced, 4.8l V8 producing 270kW, performance to weight numbers are very favourable.
Subsequently, the 0-100km/h sprint claim of 4.5 seconds and 275km/h top speed should be met without any doubt.
With production set to be limited to 200 units hand built units only, the Aero SuperSports should retain traditional, recession-proof Morgan residuals.