2011 Geneva Motor Show: 2011 Morgan ThreeWheeler takes us back to future

Article by Christian Andrei, on March 2, 2011

The 2011 update of the iconic Morgan ThreeWheeler, a fusion of old and new, is being launched to bring the fun factor back in driving. Its powertrain is a V Twin fuel injected engine paired with a Mazda 5 speed (and reverse) gearbox, resulting in smooth "get in and drive" convenience with the excitement of extreme performance.

A reinforced tubular chassis and twin rollbars are provided for the driver’s and passengers’ safety and a sturdy V belt gives traction to the reinforced rear tire. Like its predecessor, the 2011 Morgan Threewheeler holds long distance speed records for one-liter cars set in the 1930.

Its exposed chassis and aluminum tub and the pronounced bullet shape are accompanied by the aeroplane profile of the 2011 Morgan ThreeWheeler’s sides. Its shape is that of a powerful yet gentle missile at the front leading to a beetle-back tail at the rear.

Morgan designed the Morgan ThreeWheeler to be as close to an aeroplane as possible, while retaining handy extra space for passenger, driver and a holdall at the back. The car contains a leather-padded cockpit complete with aircraft instrumentation.

The car can be easily controlled with compact dimensions that offer a perfect view ahead and to the rear. Dynamism is enhanced by what Morgan’s design team calls a sporty "race on Sunday" design philosophy. Its lines do not suddenly end, and are comparable to a racetrack’s smooth shapes.

The Morgan ThreeWheeler’s profile makes it look sleeker and lower. Its sculpted boot and bonnet enhance the aerodynamic feel. The short overhangs of the front and rear emphasize the sports car’s sense of purpose.

Morgan 3 Wheeler augments driver and passenger safety by employing a reinforced tubular chassis and twin roll bars. Likewise, the rear tires have been reinforced, with traction provided for by a sturdy V belt.

Interestingly, the shape of the reincarnated Morgan Threewheeler remains the same as the icon. After all, until now, no one-liter car has been able to break the long distance speed records set by the Morgan Threewheeler in the 1930s.

It still features the same pronounced bullet shape, the exposed chassis and aluminum tub, as well as its airplane profile. Its bullet shape takes on the appearance of a powerful missile at the front and a beetle back tail at the rear. During the design process for the Morgan 3 Wheeler, the primary focus was to shape the car just like an airplane without compromising extra space for the driver, passenger and a cargo.

But in designing the Morgan 3 Wheeler, the sole objective was to create a car that allows drivers to enjoy being behind the wheels. With this in mind, the cockpit has been padded with leather and has been provided with aircraft instrumentation, making the driver feel as if they are flying.

More importantly, the Morgan 3 Wheeler is easy to handle and control and is very responsive to the driver’s input. Its compact dimensions do not deny its dynamism, which is augmented by the so-called sporty "race on Sunday" design philosophy.

In this design philosophy, the Morgan 3 Wheeler features lines that flow organically, reminiscent of the smooth shapes of a racetrack – giving the car a smooth profile that makes it appear sleeker and lower. Moreover, the Morgan 3 Wheeler features short front and rear overhangs as well as a sculpted bonnet and boot.

Press Release

The Morgan 3 Wheeler

When did you last regard a journey by motor car as an adventure? The Morgan 3 Wheeler is launched to bring the fun and passion back to personal transport. Lift the safety catch from the "bomb release" starter, hear the massive twin cylinders detonate and choose your favourite destination.

The iconic design of the Morgan Threewheeler has been updated with 21st Century technology. The powertrain is a V Twin fuel injected engine mated to a Mazda 5 speed (and reverse) gearbox. This provides smooth "get in and drive" convenience with the thrill of extreme performance. The car is a fusion of old and new.

Safety is paramount with a reinforced tubular chassis and twin rollbars for driver and passenger. A sturdy V belt provides traction to the reinforced rear tyre. Some things have not changed. The Morgan Threewheeler still holds long distance speed records for one litre cars set in the 1930's so why change the shape? The pronounced bullet shape and the exposed chassis and aluminium tub are accompanied by the aeroplane profile of the car's sides. The shape is of a gentle yet powerful missile at the front leading to a beetle back tail at the rear. From the design viewpoint, the focus was set on making the car as close to an aeroplane as possible, while retaining handy extra space for driver, passenger and a holdall in the rear. But above all the Morgan 3 Wheeler is designed for one purpose alone, to make driving fun. A leather padded cockpit complete with aircraft instrumentation adds to the sense of flying on the road. The car is easy to control with compact dimensions offering a perfect view ahead and to the rear. The car seems to respond as much to thought as physical input.

Dynamism is further enhanced by what the Morgan design team calls a sporty "race on Sunday" design philosophy. The car's lines do not end abruptly but instead flow organically and echo the smooth shapes of a racetrack. The smooth profile makes the car look sleeker and lower. The sculpted bonnet and boot enhance the aerodynamic feel and the short overhangs front and rear emphasize the sports car sense of purpose.

CHASSIS AND DRIVING DYNAMICS

Morgan chassis experts have worked on the driving experience of the new Morgan 3 Wheeler with the same passion given to the development of any new Morgan. The result is a driver's car with properties that do the sporting appearance full justice. The weight of the engine is counterbalanced by the mass of the passengers and the car has a planted feel with a very low centre of gravity to ensure it remains glued to the road. During the development process, the chassis team worked on the new Morgan 3 Wheeler in parallel with the forthcoming Morgan EvaGT. The result is a solution that features changes and refinements to virtually every single detail that affects a car's cornering capabilities.

ENGINES

During its first year of production, the new Morgan 3 Wheeler will be available with a V twin from specialist engine builder S & S. The car is approved by US and European road transport authorities for safety and emissions. With an economical 115 horsepower the motor provides maximum power at minimum revs. Big torque spells effortless hillclimbing ability. The current focus of the Morgan Motor Company to cut CO2 emissions and low fuel consumption is very much part of the rationale behind the launch of this car. The time is right for Morgan to take a new look at the combination of acceleration, on road performance and economy. The time is right for Morgan to relaunch the 3 Wheeler.

Bespoke extras

Bespoke leather and paint are available at extra cost as on the classic Morgan. A Polished engine, stainless steel tailpipes, cowl, polished cowl,headlamps and roll hoops are also extra cost options for a more classic look.

Exciting graphic packs to compliment the Sport "race on Sunday" philosophy

High quality decals are available to give the owner the opportunity to boost the sporty attitude of the new Morgan 3 Wheeler. These include special designs including US military and British Air Force inspired logos, oval racing numbers and stripes, a fearsome shark nose, chequered winner's bonnet, official national flags and the Morgan wings.

Price: £25,000 (before tax)

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