Richard Hammond to sell his Morgan Aeromax for £100,000

Article by Christian Andrei, on March 14, 2011

Mole Valley is selling a Morgan Aeromax for about £100,000. Top Gear presenter Richard Hammond, the owner of this model, is famous for owing several extreme examples of performance cars such as Land Rovers and Porsches. Only 100 units of the Morgan Aeromax have ever been produced, but only half a dozen of these were in right-hand drive with a manual gearbox. The one being offered here is one of those six units.

The Morgan Aeromax, a coupe variation of the Aero 8, had cost from £110,000. A few of its famous customers include Richard Hammond, Rowan Atkinson and Paul O'Grady.

The Aero 8 is equipped with a BMW V8 engine, which delivers 367 hp (274 kW) at 6100 rpm, enabling the supercar to reach a top speed of over 170 mph (270 km/h). It is hand-built in a style reminiscent of the 1930s luxury cars. It is often compared to the Batmobile in the recent Batman films.

Morgan Motor Company revealed that the series production of its AeroMax coupe has started at its very own factory. This comes around 2 years since it was first unveiled during the 2006 Geneva Autoshow. During this period, it was created as a one off for one of the brand’s discerning customers. Due to the amount of interest that surrounded this very unique design, the brand sought the permission of the owner and after obtaining it, decided to make a limited production run totaling 100 cars.

All of these units were sold just within weeks after it was announced. It took two years of intense product development that included certain improvements to its overall design. Now, the first AeroMax will be delivered to customers. In order to make sure that the production quality would meet the expectations of customers, the brand spared no expense. One innovation that is considered as the first of its kind is its use of super formed aluminium panels for the whole body.

This particular hi-tech method enables even the most complex of shapes to be formed in aluminum. After that it is then placed on a standard ash frame. With the beautifully detailed elements inside, the way the coachbuilt ash frame was made shows that the Morgan AeroMax continues to follow the Morgan philosophy. By making use of high quality materials and combining it with technology, it proves that the AeroMax was indeed assembled with dedication and care.

Considering that it was done by craftsmen and women of Malvern, this is more than true. This construction technique also provides maximum stability but minimum carbon emissions. This aluminum body is secured to the Aero 8 chassis which is light yet stiff. For the 2008 version, the body and chassis are equipped with the BMW 4.8-liter V8 engine that can deliver 367 Bhp, which means that the AeroMax has both the look and the power. In addition, this engine is paired to an automatic gearbox, another first for Morgan. Specifically, the gearbox is a ZF 6HP 26 which allows for what may be the fastest change ever seen.

This gearbox also delivers better acceleration and improved fuel economy when compared with the manual version and this is because of the low power loss, lock up clutch, and of course, instant change characteristics. Acceleration of 0 to 62 mph (or about 0-100 kph) is possible at 4.2 seconds with maximum speed at 170 mph. Even with this performance, CO2 emissions are lower at 267 g/km. Another first for the Morgan with the Aero Max is the Canbus software.

This software not only controls the different functions of the engine but also that of the other technologies in the vehicle like the instrumentation, wipers, and lighting. Safety features include Siemens electronic airbags, tyre pressure monitoring, cruise control, ABS, and Electronic Brake Distribution. The twin glass in the rear windows can be operated electronically which means there is easy access to the Connolly stitched calf leather luggage, though it is offered as an option.

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