Stu­dents’ MGB resto is bang up to date

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week -

The MG Car Club (MGCC) showed off a ‘B GT pow­ered by a mod­ern MG en­gine, which has been built by stu­dents as a part of SAIC’s in­tern project.

The stu­dents, drawn largely from the Univer­sity of Bath, are based at MG’s UK tech­ni­cal cen­tre in Long­bridge. MG bought the car for the stu­dents, with a brief to cre­ate a car in the vein of the Toy­ota GT86 us­ing as many parts from the cur­rent MG range as pos­si­ble.

The two-litre tur­bocharged MG GS en­gine pro­duces 220bhp and the stu­dents have up­graded the car with mod­ern brakes and pow­er­steer­ing. The 1980 car, which has had its ‘rub­ber’ bumpers re­moved, is also fit­ted with a Rover SD1 five-speed gear­box.

With a new aca­demic year hav­ing just be­gun, a new set of stu­dents are tasked with fet­tling the car to the point where it is ready for com­pe­ti­tion.

MGCC gen­eral man­ager, Adam Slo­man, says: ‘It’s a lot of fun. There’s still a bit of ECU map­ping to do be­cause there are a few flat spots, but once that’s done, we’ll be look­ing to take it out to sprints, hill­climbs and some club track days.’

Mod­ern day MG en­gine packs a 220bhp punch.

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