Students’ MGB resto is bang up to date
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.