Phil Leonard’s 1992 MG RV8 Race Car – Built for SCCA GT2 Racing!

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Built For SCCA’s GT2 Class: Leonard’s MG RV8 Racecar

Owner: Leonard

City: Kansas Kansas

Model: MG RV8 (circa

Engine: Rover 3.5L V8, built by Bill Davidson

by: Clancy Schmidt, Robert and Scott Mock

Rover MG RV8 Model

The MG RV8 was a low volume, luxury introduced in 1992. Two thousand built in a production run that two years. The RV8 was only ever to be a limited production model.

Group sought to bring the MG back before the car buying and to do so in the best possible light returning in force with upcoming, more modern, and far expensive MGF model.

The British automotive press wrote very favorably the RV8. As hoped, articles on the historic reputation of the MG brand, a long synonymous with for so many enthusiasts. Magazine especially emphasized the phenomenal and popularity of Abingdon’s MGB model. At time MGB was still the best sports car model in automotive

The RV8 delivered what many MGB had wished for; much power and a more comfortable experience topped the list of but it remained a true open

The MG RV8 was only ever produced in drive configuration, and with few exceptions sales were to the British home market and to It was okay for Rover if sales extremely limited, so long as was piqued. They only to inspire aspiration.

Readers close their magazines I wish Rover would an MG sportscar in my price range. or I wish Rover would selling MGs here again. The RV8 was a The MGF was coming.

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Code-named Project the RV8 development team worked a shoestring budget and a tight They could do so because the beginning their brief was to the original MGB bodyshell as a foundation. Motor Heritage had previously and restored original MGB press and assembly fixtures and was already Heritage bodyshells for MGB restorers. shells are actually better original MGB shells in many

For example, corrosion protection is due to use of galvanized zinc-coated steel and also due to electrically deposited primer dipping of the assembled prior to painting. The new RV8 body was by laying clay over a MGB bodyshell and then sculpting until the RV8 shape emerged. A bulge in the hood and a substantially stance resulted.

What about the drivetrain? was a no-brainer. Many technical had already been worked out in MG itself had already produced

Rover powered, factory-built MGB GT V8 in the mid-seventies. Both before and that, swapping Rover V8 into MG’s was popular enthusiasts.

Many hundreds if not had successfully completed the swap. electronic fuel injection and five speed transmissions had installed already. The whole was in current production for other models.

Technical success in the drivetrain was a foregone conclusion.

All production MG were powered by a 3950cc bore, 71mm …) of the familiar aluminum V8. Static ratio was modest at 9.32:1. multi-point fuel injection the engine with refinement. one new fuel injection part to be developed: a plenum cover an MG badge on it. Early production used Rover’s LT77 but an improved variant of that box along as a running change.

For drivers, the principal difference the R380 5-speed is that moved from left-side to in the shift pattern. Changes original MGB specs include 15 wheels, telescopic shock all around, 270mm vented brake rotors, a limited differential, and tapered monoleaf springs with torque to refine axle location.

Arguably, the most interesting new introduced to engine swappers was exhaust headers should through the wings instead of the engine block. (Bonus: holes in the inner fenders cooling.) Advertised power: at 4750rpm. Advertised torque: at 3200rpm. 0-62mph in 5.9 seconds.

Max 135mph.

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