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Morgan: AERO 8 - Development Programme

Morgan, one of the British special car companies

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The launch of the new Morgan Aero 8 marks the culmination of the largest development programme ever undertaken by Morgan in more than 90 years of sportscar manufacture. The four-year project to design a completely new car from the ground up has been handled almost entirely by a small dedicated in-house team at Morgan’s Malvern factory.

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The Aero 8 project was set in motion following the development of the works GT2 racer, which competed in the 1997 FIA GT Championship. Many of the engineering and design principles behind the Aero 8's chassis and suspension have been both conceived and proven on the world's race circuits in the GT2 car.

Morgan GT Racer

Charles Morgan & Chris Lawrence

The GT2 racecar was the brainchild of Morgan Managing Director Charles Morgan and was brought to life through the engineering expertise of Morgan’s 1962 Le Mans class winner Chris Lawrence. The body shell comprised mostly standard Plus Eight panels but was based on an all aluminium chassis. Though competitive in performance terms, the GT2 lacked the aerodynamic shape required to achieve significant success in the race series.

In 1998 Morgan built the first Aero 8 prototype and the evolution of the new Morgan road car began. ‘The objective of the development programme was to recreate the position we held in 1968 when we launched the Plus Eight,’ says Morgan Managing Director Charles Morgan.

 


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