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#559364 - 12/02/19 02:01 PM The factories last V8 and a glimpse of SP1
+8Rich Offline

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MMC 11 + SP1

Those of you with good memories will remember seeing Brian's very special car before. I don't recall him moving to Africa though wink visiting frequently on business maybe. As far as I know Eton is still very much in England unless this Broxit thing has changed it all around laugh2.
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#559370 - 12/02/19 02:43 PM Re: The factories last V8 and a glimpse of SP1 [Re: +8Rich]
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The Cyclone engined SP1 looks interesting. Full size pics on Twitter. Great colour - with matching inlet manifold, oil filler cap and even dipstick, a real opportunity to spend as much time polishing engine bay as exterior innocent



Not sure about rear view though confused2 unless the hardtop comes off.
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#559388 - 12/02/19 04:06 PM Re: The factories last V8 and a glimpse of SP1 [Re: +8Rich]
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Originally Posted By +8Rich
MMC 11 + SP1

Those of you with good memories will remember seeing Brian's very special car before. I don't recall him moving to Africa though wink visiting frequently on business maybe. As far as I know Eton is still very much in England unless this Broxit thing has changed it all around laugh2.

I have to agree Rich, when I saw him last year he certainly didn't have that much of a sun tan!!
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#559407 - 12/02/19 06:17 PM Re: The factories last V8 and a glimpse of SP1 [Re: +8Rich]
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I love that plus 8. It's interesting though that my 2005 roadster ser 1 did 0_60 in 4.5.......... I would have thought that plus 8 should be around a second quicker wouldn't you?
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#559413 - 12/02/19 06:31 PM Re: The factories last V8 and a glimpse of SP1 [Re: nick w]
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Nick, I agree you would have thought it would be a little quicker that 4.5 Secs is quick. The best I've had out of my Classic 3.9Ltr Plus 8 is 6.0Secs one day when I decided to go for it and time it.

Money no object it would be one of those last Aero Plus 8's just stunning machines.
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#559416 - 12/02/19 06:42 PM Re: The factories last V8 and a glimpse of SP1 [Re: +8Rich]
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Skinny tyres and little weight over the rear wheels causes a lack of traction.
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#559419 - 12/02/19 06:57 PM Re: The factories last V8 and a glimpse of SP1 [Re: deano]
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That makes sense Martin.
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#559426 - 12/02/19 07:08 PM Re: The factories last V8 and a glimpse of SP1 [Re: +8Rich]
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Originally Posted By +8Rich
Nick, I agree you would have thought it would be a little quicker that 4.5 Secs is quick. The best I've had out of my Classic 3.9Ltr Plus 8 is 6.0Secs one day when I decided to go for it and time it.


I think if you want to achieve the catalog's measurement times, you have to rape the car extremely. I've been afraid of that so far.

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#559427 - 12/02/19 07:11 PM Re: The factories last V8 and a glimpse of SP1 [Re: Heinz]
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Originally Posted By Heinz
Originally Posted By +8Rich
Nick, I agree you would have thought it would be a little quicker that 4.5 Secs is quick. The best I've had out of my Classic 3.9Ltr Plus 8 is 6.0Secs one day when I decided to go for it and time it.


I think if you want to achieve the catalog's measurement times, you have to rape the car extremely. I've been afraid of that so far.


Absolutely right Heinz I didn't enjoy the experience I have to say it was the one and only time I have done it - somehow it just doesn't feel right in a Morgan love
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#559442 - 12/02/19 07:58 PM Re: The factories last V8 and a glimpse of SP1 [Re: +8Rich]
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Originally Posted By +8Rich
Originally Posted By Heinz
[quote=+8Rich] Nick, I agree you would have thought it would be a little quicker that 4.5 Secs is quick. The best I've had out of my Classic 3.9Ltr Plus 8 is 6.0Secs one day when I decided to go for it and time it.


I think if you want to achieve the catalog's measurement times, you have to rape the car extremely. I've been afraid of that so far.
when I was younger I would have given it a try. At that time I had a quick low diff +8 , when I first had it I thought it would not go round corner's, until I realized I was arriving at the corner 30mph faster than in my old 4/4


Edited by Ray (12/02/19 08:05 PM)
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#559455 - 12/02/19 08:21 PM Re: The factories last V8 and a glimpse of SP1 [Re: Ray]
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Originally Posted By Ray
Originally Posted By +8Rich
Originally Posted By Heinz
[quote=+8Rich] Nick, I agree you would have thought it would be a little quicker that 4.5 Secs is quick. The best I've had out of my Classic 3.9Ltr Plus 8 is 6.0Secs one day when I decided to go for it and time it.


I think if you want to achieve the catalog's measurement times, you have to rape the car extremely. I've been afraid of that so far.
when I was younger I would have given it a try. At that time I had a quick low diff +8 , when I first had it I thought it would not go round corner's, until I realized I was arriving at the corner 30mph faster than in my old 4/4


I love that story laugh2 laugh2
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#559519 - 13/02/19 07:58 AM Re: The factories last V8 and a glimpse of SP1 [Re: +8Rich]
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One of the reasons for the shorter 0-62 time for the early Roadster, compared to the Rover +8 was gearing. The Roadster can (just) reach 62 in second. On standard gearing, the +8 (Rover) needs an extra shift into 3rd.
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#560318 - 16/02/19 09:36 PM Re: The factories last V8 and a glimpse of SP1 [Re: +8Rich]
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Originally Posted By +8Rich
MMC 11 + SP1

Those of you with good memories will remember seeing Brian's very special car before. I don't recall him moving to Africa though wink visiting frequently on business maybe. As far as I know Eton is still very much in England unless this Broxit thing has changed it all around laugh2.

Just come across this Rich, you’re right our base is now Eton, though we are still travelling a lot - been to 88 countries at the last count! Bucket list has another 12-countries in it!

Basically MMC have completely rebuilt SP1, it still looks the same but has been completely re-engineered under the body. It’s due to be collected again in early April when we get back from our latest trip - through the Panama Canal.

Unfortunatley it is now unlikely there will ever be an SP2 as the Development Team have been very occupied with the new models and just keeping up with the ever changing legislation and changing motive power in the industry.
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#560444 - 17/02/19 03:54 PM Re: The factories last V8 and a glimpse of SP1 [Re: Aeroman]
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Originally Posted By Aeroman
Originally Posted By +8Rich
MMC 11 + SP1

Those of you with good memories will remember seeing Brian's very special car before. I don't recall him moving to Africa though wink visiting frequently on business maybe. As far as I know Eton is still very much in England unless this Broxit thing has changed it all around laugh2.

Just come across this Rich, you’re right our base is now Eton, though we are still travelling a lot - been to 88 countries at the last count! Bucket list has another 12-countries in it!

Basically MMC have completely rebuilt SP1, it still looks the same but has been completely re-engineered under the body. It’s due to be collected again in early April when we get back from our latest trip - through the Panama Canal.

Unfortunatley it is now unlikely there will ever be an SP2 as the Development Team have been very occupied with the new models and just keeping up with the ever changing legislation and changing motive power in the industry.


Thanks for the update on SP1 Brian I was wondering why she was back at the factory.

Enjoy your trip through the Panama I imagine that will really be quite something special.

Have you had your Moss Box returned to the original colour yet or is she still a work in progress ?

You have reawakened the drooling over your Rocket Blue Morgan again on the other thread smile

Good to hear the factory are busy in the development side but a shame in a way they no longer have the resource for these special projects that really do spark the imagination off.
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#560590 - 17/02/19 11:19 PM Re: The factories last V8 and a glimpse of SP1 [Re: +8Rich]
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The old Plus 8 is in Eton, but needs an MOT so am not currently driving it. The team that is working on SP1 is the team that will also work on the Plus 8, so will drive it up on trade plates once SP1 is finished.

I agree it’s a shame no more Special Projects for now, but when you see the new model range that is being launched this year - the amount of development work involved will be obvious.

Panama trip after the Geneva Press days, an interesting month....

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#560855 - 19/02/19 03:53 PM Re: The factories last V8 and a glimpse of SP1 [Re: Aeroman]
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Panama trip after the Geneva Press days, an interesting month....

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A highlight to look forward to is sailing under "The Bridge of Americas" and to think you can drive on that road all the way to Alaska! There is also a Panama Canal website with CCTV cameras so we can all watch you sailing through the locks!! Have fun! boat

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#560857 - 19/02/19 04:01 PM Re: The factories last V8 and a glimpse of SP1 [Re: +8Rich]
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Bryan interesting Panama city

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