MG3 Trophy Championship Concept Unveiled

Developed by specialist engineers to celebrate the British manufacturer's 90th anniversary, the MG3 Trophy Championship concept is the ultimate iteration of the MG3. Compared to the rather boring supermini, this club racing special is an MG3 likely to draw more customers than just penny-pinching pensioners.
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Too bad it's a one-of-a-kind "look at what we can do when we really put our minds to it" kind of job, so you won't be able to go to the nearest showroom and actually buy the cheeky contraption. So what's so special about this one-off MG? First of all, it's got huge rear spoiler and a roll cage, two elements that give a glimpse at the race-bred hardware hidden by the red-and-black bodywork.

Designed and built by SMTC UK at Longbridge, under the hood you'll find a 1.5-liter VTi Tech powerplant similar to the one that develops 106 horsepower and 136 Nm of torque on the MG3. However, this Trophy Championship concept has been turbocharged and the output hiked to 204 horsepower and 260 Nm of torque. It doesn't sound like much when compared to the Renault Clio R.S., but this car has undergone a full body-lightening programme.

Other highlight features include fully adjustable MacPherson struts at the front with a custom-made rear anti roll bar, an adjustable front splitter and a limited-slip differential to keep things in check when cornering is done at way-too-high speeds. According to officials, the concept car has been also created to "gauge potential demand for an MG Trophy race vehicle."

For what it's worth, we put our two cents on the much better idea to offer the 17-inch lightweight alloys and aggressive body kit minus the too large rear wing as a visual package for the road-going MG3 supermini.
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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