Case study : Morgan 3 Wheeler Kits
The Morgan 3 Wheeler is an iconic vehicle, a modern version of the original Morgan 3 Wheeler from the 1920’s and 1930’s. It had been noted that the quoted power of the engine was lower on the production items than had been quoted in the original prototypes. With some performance potential and no factory improvement kits available, a commercial opportunity to develop a ‘Stage 1’ kit was identified.
Performance Projects was commissioned to undertake an investigation, and identified the exhaust system as the cause of the performance shortfall. A revised design of exhaust, utilising a straight through absorption concept, was developed, with similar noise levels to the standard item being a key requirement. Improved vibration isolation was also developed, to solve reliability problems experienced. A new air filter housing was also identified as being desirable, again, to aid engine breathing.
The hardware was developed on a rolling road, showing impressive performance gains of 20% increase in torque and 15% in power. At the same time, ECU mapping was also verified. Performance Projects undertook the project from the initial identification of the performance shortfall and potential increase, through design and testing, to organising batch production.