|Charles Morgan, Morgan Motor Cars|
“We produce 800 cars a year, 70% of which are exported.
"We employ about 150 people generating £30m turnover and delivering a profit. We’re a global brand and we’ve been manufacturing for 101 years.
|Morgan Roadster Sport|
|HFS Morgan patented |
|Early Morgan Runabout|
"I joined the the company in 1985 from ITN where I’d been working as a cameraman overseas with reporters like Sandy Gall in Afghanistan.
|Morgan 4/4 Sport|
· We started designing new cars again as well as starting to race and win races again - putting the brand back on the motor map. Racing is an essential testing ground for us, enabling us to prove new technologies and components in a cost effective way, for example, the suspension on the Morgan racing car is the same as the suspension on the road car.
|Morgan Eva GT|
Current Design Process
|Wood and Leather |
Rolls Royce Aero Engineering
Martin Smith – renowned for his re-design of the Audi now with Ford
Ian Callum, Jaguar
Moray Callum, Ford
Julian Thomson – Lotus
Marek Reichman – Aston Martin
Gerry McGovern – Land Rover
"We have the best universities in the UK, we have the top R&D departments in Engineering in the world. 5 British universities are in the world’s top 10.
"We have a duty to link talent with British companies to put Britain back on its feet.
|LifeCar prototype - rapturous response|
The Lifecar project has seen the development of a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle involving a collaboration between Morgan and its partners at QinetiQ, Cranfield and Oxford Universities, BOC and OSCar Automotive and part funded by the DTI (now BIS). It’s been designed to run optimally at cruising speed making it cheaper and lighter than a conventional fuel cell. It’s 45% efficient, compared to 30% efficiency for a traditional petrol engine, according to Car Magazine with the only emissions being water, heat and 22kW of electricity.
Power is directed to four electric motors providing drive directly to the wheels with the motors capable of recapturing up to 50% of the energy in comparison with a 10% recapture for current applications. The regenerative braking system provides stopping power equivalent to 0.7g and Charles Morgan claims that the switch at low speeds between the regenerative brakes and conventional hydraulic brakes is seamless.
The Morgan Lifecar can achieve 150mpg on a 250 mile range, reach 85 mph, sprint to 62 mph in under 7 seconds.
Speaking about LIFECar 2 Charles Morgan said, "Following on from the rapturous response that LIFECar received, Morgan decided to take LIFECar from a prototype, to a fully fledged production vehicle.
|Morgan LifeCar 2|
|Morgan Aero Sport|
"The Aeromax cost £2m in development, and was built on an existing platform.
|Morgan Super Sport Junior Pedal Car|
Gwenda Stewart, female racing driver http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1002997/index.htm
20th September 2010