Race-ready 3 revealed at MG90
Posted on June 21, 2014 | By Editor | 5 responses
MG Motor have chosen the marque’s 90th birthday celebrations at Silverstone to unveil a new race-ready version of the MG3, dubbed the MG3 Trophy.
Powered by a turbo-charged version of the 1.5 VTi engine, the MG3 Trophy develops 201bhp and 192ft lbs of torque.
The Trophy demonstrates the technical expertise of the engineering team at Longbridge as well as showing the potential of the MG3 platform while maintaining the racing traditions of the MG brand and its links club motorsport.
Developed in just four months by a team of seven engineers in Birmingham, the car has undergone a full race lightening programme while ensuring the car’s structural stiffness is retained. Once lightened, the shell has been fitted with a full MSA-approved roll cage, race seats and five-point race harnesses.
The 3 Trophy boasts forged pistons, a larger turbo and as well as a similarly large intercooler to insure the Trophy does not suffer from any form of lag. Induction is assisted thanks to the fitment of a high-flow air-intake, while the cylinder head has been polished to insure free air flow. As well as modifications to the air intake, the exhaust has also been upgraded, with the 3 Trophy being fitted with a custom Janspeed system.
As well as the increase in power, the 3 Trophy has gained a race clutch, a limited slip differential, fully adjustable MacPherson strut front suspension and a bespoke rear anti-roll bar. Unlike the road car, the 3 Trophy is fitted with disc brakes all-round, while the car itself rides on 17″ alloys.
The 3 Trophy is being shown by MG to underline the 3’s racing potential, with the team at MG feeling the 3 Trophy could form the basis of a highly successful and affordable clubman racing car.