MG XPower – the story so far

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– the story so far

MG director of product development, Rob announced on April 26, 2001, the of a new subsidiary company known as MG Racing Limited and its associated MG XPower.

Explaining the rationale for developments, Rob Oldaker said: We sum up the essence of MG in the phrase ‘Outrageous fun for To our way of thinking, outrageous fun is a serious So we have set up a serious business to that fun.

MG Sport has been formed to provide a focus on three closely functions, which are:

1. The MG programmes.

2. The engineering development for our motorsport vehicles and the specialised MG products that will from them.

3. The performance parts and merchandising that will amplify and the new-generation MG sporting image.

We created a new sub-brand, called ‘MG ’ to bind together and symbolise all of MG Racing’s activities. The letter X from historic MG associations, as the ‘EX’ engineering project and the ‘XP’ engine number We already use ‘X’ codes for today’s MG model codes, and our new motorsport have ‘EX’ code

In addition to his other responsibilities, Rob is managing director of MG Sports


Le 24-hour Race, 2001

The flagship MG racing project is the Le 24-hour sports car race. The named MG Lola EX257, was and built by Lola Cars and powered by an MG XPower 2 litre, turbo unit from engine specialists Advanced Research (AER).

Two MG Lola sports cars were into the LMP675 class – the qualification group – and driven by six drivers; Mark Blundell, Bailey, Kevin McGarrity 33), Anthony Reid, Hughes and Jonny Kane 34).

The 4pm start on Saturday to a torrential downpour on the farside of the Many cars spun and in the opening laps, including MG car 34, which suffered rear damage and later a puncture. Blundell posted impressive and by the first hour, the MG Lola car 33 was in 7 th while car 34 had slipped back to 37 th the earlier pit stops.

As the race settled into its the rain was still pouring and the pace of the MG Lola saw it climb to its race position of 3 rd place, the first two hours.

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As the hours up, MG Lola car 33 progressed well, fast in the hands of Kevin Kevin who had previously qualified in his first ever drive at Le in the dark, was lapping very in the appalling weather conditions. At point he was the fastest man on the track.

Into the evening with hours and a third of the race the MG Lola was pressing on, despite the lashings of rain, which causing electrical difficulties. an oil leak necessitated repairs by the The MG Lola EX257 returned to the before rising temperatures, after the 12-hour halfway point led to its retirement.

It was an impressive given the limited testing the extreme weather conditions and on a car had never had the opportunity to be endurance

Rob Oldaker, managing director, MG Racing Limited said: We are proud to have brought MG to Le Mans and frankly it has been our expectations to have been as high as third and to have more than half the time! This has always our learning year and now we are confident we will have the right to make MG even more next year.

British Touring Car Championship

Lola and AER are also consultants for the of EX259, the MG ZS racing saloon. Two using a race tuned KV6 engine, commenced testing in and will make their debut at the Silverstone International on September 8/9, 2001. The three BTCC events of the season will provide a and development basis in preparation for the 2002 season.

Anthony and Warren Hughes are the drivers and the management is co-ordinated by WSR (West Racing), who previously ran successful teams for Ford and Honda as as launching the careers of a dozen F1 including the late Ayrton

Dick Bennetts, managing of WSR, said: The new regulations are an change. There were a lot of initially as the cars are not as high as their predecessors, but personally I that they should be more cost effective and at racing – possibly creating an playing field by 2002.

MG Group Ltd, International Bickenhill Lane, Birmingham, B37 England.

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