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bm88
03-03-2005, 09:06 AM
<IMG SRC="http://img129.exs.cx:81/img129/6276/morgan18es.jpg" BORDER="0"><br><IMG SRC="http://img129.exs.cx:81/img129/8800/morgan26px.jpg" BORDER="0"><br><IMG SRC="http://img129.exs.cx:81/img129/3521/morgan30pw.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>The Morgan Aeromax is a unique Morgan commissioned by Prince Eric I. Sturdza, President of Banque Baring Brothers Suisse. <p>Based on the requirement for a comfortable long distance Touring Coupe, drawings by Matthew Humphries were discussed with the customer to define the total concept. Particluar requirements such as the gullwing" boot openings, hardwood and traditional pleated leather interior and a large flat load area behind the seats were particular requirements. <p>Matthew Humphries created a quarter scale clay model at the University of Coventry Automotive Design School. The model was required to harmonise with the Morgan Aero Eight chassis and incorporated the exterior elements of the car that were not to be specially tooled. The model was digitised and a file created on CATIA software to define the surface shape and boundaries of the metal and glass panels. Using data from the computer file simple jigs were constructed to build the ash skeleton, alloy sheet metal panels and toughened glass panels.<p>Brightwork features such as the door handles and the door mirrors were created by hand to unique sculptural designs. The split rear window allows easy access from either side to the custom built luggage commissioned from Schedoni of Italy. A substantial chassis beam protects heavy items from moving forwards into the cockpit.<p>The car is an illustration of flexible manufacturing at the Morgan Motor Company. Modern automotive technology is combined with quality craftsmanship. The beautiful finish of the bodywork is the result of the craftsmen's passion at Morgan.<p>The aluminium chassis has safety features which have surpassed the industry standards of the vehicle certification authorities of Europe and the USA during the approval process. Siemens electronic airbag systems protect the occupants and sensors are built into each wheel bearing to relay tyre contact information to the engine ECU and the ABS electronic brake control units. The car has reassuring driver features such as air conditioning, tyre pressure and tyre temperature monitoring and cruise control. Even with these features the chassis is the lightest V8 production platform in the world. <p>Charles Morgan commented, "The Morgan Aeromax demonstrates the wealth of talent in our small yet dedicated motor works. It took just 4 months from a sketch to being able to test drive a real finished car. The car is a showcase of the coachbuilding and technical skills of the whole team." <p>The ash frame is laminated for extra strength. This gives the potential for energy absorption in the cockpit and also ensures durability and safety. It is incidentally beautiful and each of the three backbones of the skeleton of the frame has nine laminates of wood visible from the inside of the car. The wood above the dashboard and doors is carved to display age and grain.<p>The light alloy bodywork has been hand formed from high quality alloy sheet.Each coachline is finely defined in metal. The car is powered by the latest version of BMW's N62 V8 which, with its combination of performance economy and modest emissions, perfectly compliments the design of the car.<p>The exhaust exits through the car wings and adds character to the V8 tone. The low unladen weight makes the Morgan Aeromax Coupe one of the fastest accelerating sports cars in Europe.<p>Technical Specification Below<p>Engine<br>V8 4398 cc<br>Power KW (Bhp) 245 (333) @ 6100 rpm<br>Torque Nm (lb/ft) 450 (331) @ 3600 rpm<br>4 variable timing camshafts chain driven<br>32 valves<p>Transmission<br>6 speed ZF manual gearbox<br>Hydraulic limited slip differential<br>DTCDrag Torque Control (deceleration anti lock)<p>Brakes<br>Electronic ABS with EBD (Electronic Brake Distribution)<br>Front; 6 pot AP Racing callipers 348mm vented discs<br>Rear; Twin pot AP Racing callipers 332mm vented discs<br>Separate rear handbrake calliper<p>Wheels<br>20 3 piece split rim<br>BF Goodrich 245/30 20<p>Performance<br>0  100Km 4.5 secs<br>Maximum speed  over 260 Kmh (160 mph)<p>Fuel consumption<br>Combined10.9 l/100km (25.9 mpg)<br>Urban16.3 l/100km (17.3 mpg)<br>Extra Urban7.9 l/100 km (35.75 mpg)<br>Co2 : 264 g/km<br>

Santeno
03-03-2005, 10:23 AM
Those crazy brits at morgan. Gotta love them. Between Bufori and morgan, It's hard to say which I like more. Bravo for originality and for continuing to march to the beat of your own (slightly out of tune) drums!

Tidal
03-03-2005, 11:08 AM
Ah, those headlights... if only they had changed those headlights...

Santeno
03-03-2005, 11:12 AM
Look closely, they did. they are not set flush with the bodywork any more. They have their own housing and face forward now (or at least it doesn't look like they are facing at 45 degree angles anymore).

Naga Royal Guard
03-03-2005, 11:14 AM
still too inward

Tidal
03-03-2005, 12:07 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Santeno</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Look closely, they did. </TD></TR></TABLE><p>Yeah, you're right. But they still don't look good imo.<p><A HREF="http://www.imageshack.us" TARGET="_blank"><IMG SRC="http://img49.exs.cx/img49/38/morgan10rw.jpg" BORDER="0"></A><p><A HREF="http://www.imageshack.us" TARGET="_blank"><IMG SRC="http://img49.exs.cx/img49/6196/morgan26io.jpg" BORDER="0"></A><p>pics are from <A HREF="http://www.salon-auto.ch" TARGET="_blank">http://www.salon-auto.ch</A>

AM2
03-03-2005, 12:23 PM
I hope they put the front of this Morgan on the Aero 8... it looks much better.<br>By the way, this is a one-off car right? Shouldn't this be considered as a concept?

Santeno
03-03-2005, 01:12 PM
Not really, for even though it is a one-off (for now at least), it is a real production commission for an actual buyer.

AM2
03-03-2005, 01:44 PM
I see, its a one-off, commissioned "production" car... sounds like something the Sultan of Brunei would do.<br>I guess this should show the syling direction of Morgan if they decide to facelift the Aero 8.

SV
03-03-2005, 04:00 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Santeno</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Look closely, they did. they are not set flush with the bodywork any more. They have their own housing and face forward now (or at least it doesn't look like they are facing at 45 degree angles anymore).</TD></TR></TABLE><p>they look like mini cooper headlights to me. maybe it's a coincidence? i don't remember the regular aero 8 having headlights that looked so similar to the mini.

Redline
03-03-2005, 04:24 PM
Well, at least someones still using the boattail. Too bad about the rest of the back end. Not too bad looking, but poorly executed in my opinion. The rear overhang is rediculous as well, but at least the design is a bit of a change from the past.

DoMiNo
03-03-2005, 05:05 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>SV</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>they look like mini cooper headlights to me. maybe it's a coincidence? i don't remember the regular aero 8 having headlights that looked so similar to the mini.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>I thought the same... they look like the HID option off the Mini. Wouldn't surprise me, considering the powertrain and maybe some other bits are BMW-sourced. In fact, even the smaller round lamps below the main headlamp enclosure look straight off the Cooper.<p>Love the rear of this car. The lights are particularly cool. I just wish it flowed better into the rest of the car... which is kind of slab-sided. In any event, truly impressive from such a small shop!!

AM2
03-04-2005, 12:25 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>SV</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>they look like mini cooper headlights to me. maybe it's a coincidence? i don't remember the regular aero 8 having headlights that looked so similar to the mini.</TD></TR></TABLE><br>The Aero 8 used beetle headlights...<br>The Aeromax uses Mini Cooper headlights and signal lights... <br>In the Morgan Aeromax the left headlight is mounted on the right side and the right is mounted on the left side just like the Aero 8.<br>But since the Mini Cooper's headlights are more forward facing, we don't get much of the cross-eyed look of the Aero 8 with Beetle headlights.<BR><BR>
<i>Modified by AM2 at 3:31 AM 3/5/2005</i>

DoMiNo
03-04-2005, 12:51 PM
Beetle lights on the old one! That explains it. Thanks AM2

Pedigreepaul
03-05-2005, 12:15 PM
It's even uglier than the original one..

AM2
03-05-2005, 02:35 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Pedigreepaul</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">It's even uglier than the original one.. </TD></TR></TABLE><br>I think it looks better than the cross-eyed Aero 8, but the best Morgans for me are the classic models, the Plus 4 and Roadster....

Speedstick
03-05-2005, 03:28 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>DVieira</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p><A HREF="http://www.imageshack.us" TARGET="_blank"><IMG SRC="http://img49.exs.cx/img49/6196/morgan26io.jpg" BORDER="0"></A><br></TD></TR></TABLE><p>Is it just me or does it sorta look reverse cross eyed now? Like the bottoms of the headlights tilt outward... It looks sad.<p>I wish the final product looked more like the rendering. I like the side glass in the rendering better.

neburg964
03-06-2005, 08:49 PM
Just my opinion, but I find this car to be pathetically ugly along with almost all the rest of the Brit cottage industry sports cars. All the new TVR's are variations on the same theme, they all have that same door cut, and they all look ugly. Anything with a Marcos badge on it looks ugly. The Bristols are ugly.<p>Is it any wonder that almost all the grande British marques are in the hands of foreigners now?<p>Mini, Aston Martin, Jaguar, Range Rover, Rolls Royce, Bentley, TVR is now owned by a Russian, I'm not sure who owns Lotus now...<p>How sad...

Speedstick
03-07-2005, 10:08 AM
Lotus is owned by GM I believe.<p>I think TVRs are all pretty nice looking. But maybe I'm unique.<p>A car doesn't have to be owned by a British company to be British designed though. But even that is disappearing.

sdmagnus
03-07-2005, 01:58 PM
Nope, that would be Proton if I havnt missed something. Malaysian company.

Santeno
03-07-2005, 03:21 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>neburg964</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Is it any wonder that almost all the grande British marques are in the hands of foreigners now?... ...TVR is now owned by a Russian, I'm not sure who owns Lotus now...</TD></TR></TABLE><br>I think you are mistaken Neburg964. while brands such as RR, Bentley, Jaguar, Etc. are owned by non-british multinational automotive corporations and draw much of their engineering, R&D, management, etc. from sources other than brittain; TVR does not. Sure the principal owner is a russian born british citizen, but the company still does everything in-house much in the manner it always has, and it remains independent from any other automotive company.<p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Speedstick</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Lotus is owned by GM I believe.</TD></TR></TABLE><br>As sdmagnus said, lotus is owned by proton, a malaysian company.<p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Speedstick</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I think TVRs are all pretty nice looking. But maybe I'm unique.</TD></TR></TABLE><br>Far from it. I dream daily of the day in which TVR's are federalized for US importation. I'll be standing at the dock to welcome the first boatload.<p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Speedstick</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">A car doesn't have to be owned by a British company to be British designed though. But even that is disappearing.</TD></TR></TABLE><br>Actually that is not accurate either. British design isn't disappearing. it has simply become specialized. what has been disappearing is british production of comodities or of inexpensive industrail parts.

AM2
03-08-2005, 03:25 AM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>neburg964</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Just my opinion, but I find this car to be pathetically ugly along with almost all the rest of the Brit cottage industry sports cars. </TD></TR></TABLE><br>The only Morgan that I don't find that good looking is the Aero 8. Now if they put the Aeromax front on it then it would look much better. I also love the lower end classic looking Plus 4 and V6 powered Roadster models...<br><IMG SRC="http://www.rol.ru/pictures/misc/consnews/morgan-1.jpg" BORDER="0">

neburg964
03-08-2005, 06:12 AM
The classic Morgans are good looking cars, and I do realize that opinions are all subjective. Its just that I find TVR's current design direction a little startling. They are all variations on the same theme. Whenevr GM or Ford does this, we all (myself included) scream about badge-engineering. The basic design is okay, but then they veer off on some sort of sci-fi design tangent. Same goes for TVR's interior design. Strange gauge placement, but absolutely beautiful materials execution. Ergonomcs are apparently a taboo subject at TVR.<p>I know we got off-topic from the original post, but the reason most of the British auto industry is now in foreign hands is due to horrible mismanagement, atrocious quality, or ill-conceived designs. I still think a Series 2 XJ-6 is one of the prettiest, most graceful cars ever to grace a highway, but if you gave me one I'd be broke within a year trying to keep the thing running.<p>In the case of the Morgan, put a new Aeromax (dumb name - sounds like a new Ford truck) against a Plus 4 and I can guarantee which one wins the beauty contest. Morgans aren't known for modern engineering and aerodynamic design. They can build a modern chassis, power the vehicle with a modern engine, and still retain a classic design.<p>Let me ask you this: If Morgan only built new Plus 8s and Aeromaxes, how long do you think they will survive? <p>One last question: Are we sure Proton is still pulling the strings at Lotus? I also thought so, but I wasn't entirely sure.

haji
07-21-2006, 10:51 AM
<A HREF="http://www.drivingfuture.com/auto/uk/u3eqp3000000cggr.php" TARGET="_blank">http://www.drivingfuture.com/a...r.php</A><p>Priced at 94,000 Pounds, Morgan is now putting this car into production.

MGS06
07-21-2006, 03:22 PM
I want one. LOL Nothing really compares to this car, its definitely out there and unique, headlights are still a bit iffy though, but I could live with it. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/bowdown.gif" BORDER="0">

Superfresa
07-21-2006, 05:05 PM
Amazing!<p>330Nm isn't much for a 4.4 Liter V8 - but by memory, that engine has the same bore/stroke and capacity as BMW's 4.4 V8, meaning that the real figure is probably 438.7Nm - a lot more respectable!<p>Anyway, lovely car. Oozes elegance, passion, style and driving pleasure. Awesome <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://images.zeroforum.com/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">

haji
02-29-2008, 03:34 AM
production version, still cross-eyed.
http://images.worldcarfans.com/articles/2008/2/28/9080228.010/9080228.010.Mini1L.jpg

tail light from lancia thesis?
http://images.worldcarfans.com/articles/2008/2/28/9080228.010/9080228.010.Mini3L.jpg

http://www.worldcarfans.com/9080228.010/morgan-aeromax-goes-into-production

Israelicarfan
02-29-2008, 09:33 PM
production version, still cross-eyed.
http://images.worldcarfans.com/articles/2008/2/28/9080228.010/9080228.010.Mini1L.jpg

tail light from lancia thesis?
http://images.worldcarfans.com/articles/2008/2/28/9080228.010/9080228.010.Mini3L.jpg

http://www.worldcarfans.com/9080228.010/morgan-aeromax-goes-into-production

i like the back. very cool and if i made some movie about a dystopian future, this would be the heros car.

DoMiNo
02-29-2008, 10:05 PM
Did they swipe those rear lights off a Lancia Thesis?

63Bonneville
02-29-2008, 10:18 PM
Nothing short of amazing!!!!!
I've seen the convertible Morgan Aero8 on display at NYIAS is the past year or two; beautiful in person!!
Will this Areomax fastback/hardtop be arriving in the USDM market like the Areo8, as well?

Quattro
02-29-2008, 11:50 PM
Did they swipe those rear lights off a Lancia Thesis?


i think so.. and the front lights are very very similar to the mini cooper.

PRODIGY
03-01-2008, 12:15 PM
.. and the front lights are very very similar to the mini cooper.

Spot on, they are the exact same units! It saves Morgan the expense and hassle of creating and designing their own, which would be the same sort of shape anyway.

It wouldn't surprise me if the rear lights were the actual Lancia tail-lights.

Whatever though, these items really suit it, and along with the gorgeous shape they make this one awesome machine.

These are built 10 miles away from me, a trip to the factory might be in order.. apparently they do factory tours!!!!

The Phantom
03-01-2008, 01:48 PM
I absolutely love the styling of the Aeromax. It just so completely different from anything else out there. Much like the original Dodge Viper it looks like it has come straight out of a comic book or cartoon. And thats a good thing, its a fantasy car become real.

bm88
03-04-2008, 11:09 AM
It wouldn't surprise me if the rear lights were the actual Lancia tail-lights.

When I was at Geneva when it was initially revealed I asked this and they confirmed they were - for the same reason as using MINI lights.

The production car looks just as great although I think that the rims are a little inappropriate although Morgan seem to like them.