MG has unveiled the MG3 Trophy Championship concept at an event celebrating the brand’s 90th anniversary. It was designed to gauge public reaction to a racing version of MG’s supermini.
It’s based on a standard MG3 but with the 1.5-litre engine tuned to produce 204bhp, which is up from 104bhp in the standard car. Torque has also been boosted from 136Nm to 260Nm.
As well as the additional power, MG says the 3 has been through a ‘fully-body lightening programme’, but claims that the car is no less stiff. To help boost handling, it’s been fitted with a limited-slip diff, adjustable front suspension, a new rear anti-roll bar and an adjustable rear spoiler.
The MG90 event was held at Silverstone and passenger laps were offered through the weekend, with MG’s BTCC drivers Jason Plato and Sam Tordoff at the wheel.
MG says that the Trophy Championship concept also highlights ‘in-house engineering, design and calibration capabilities by SMTC UK at Longbridge, the home of MG.
The British firm will be looking to boost its racing image after three consecutive years in the BTCC. The MG team managed to finish the 2013 and 2012 BTCC seasons in second place.