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Morgan unveils the Plus Four CX-T, a car with adventure at its core

A vehicle with capability not yet witnessed on a Morgan sports car, the Plus Four CX-T opens up the possibility of routes, landscapes and destinations inaccessible by Morgan cars until now.

It is inspired by Morgan’s well-documented history of competing in all-terrain endurance trials. As early as 1911, Morgan sports cars were competing and winning in trials competitions, and this spirit of adventure has been key to shaping the Morgan brand ever since. The more adventurous journeys that are frequently undertaken by Morgan customers all over the world, have further fuelled the  desire for Morgan to imagine the Plus Four CX-T.

Following the launch of the Plus Four in 2020, Morgan partnered with Rally Raid UK, renowned creator of Dakar race cars, to jointly design and engineer the Plus Four CX-T. One of the aims of the project is to demonstrate the capability and durability of Morgan’s new CX Generation platform, along with the Plus Four upon which the CX-T is based.

Just eight and totally costumed (for its owners) vehicles will be built, priced at R3.5 million.

Some technical details:

• The exterior of the Plus Four CX-T is designed to maximise luggage and equipment carrying capacity, and provide the occupant protection necessary for extreme environments.
• The rear panel will be equipped with an equipment rack reminiscent of the classic four-seater Morgan.
• The suspension has been designed to be expedition-ready: tough and fit for purpose. Durability and a drive-over obstacle clearance of 230mm have been achieved using modified Plus Six wishbones. These widen the track and allow for the extra arc of movement required to achieve the desired suspension performance. The wheel arch apertures have also been modified, allowing the suspension to compress deep into the wheel well, providing maximum traction and stability.
• EXE-TC coilover assemblies with internal bump stops are used; these have been developed by EXE-TC specifically for the vehicle.
• In addition to the main suspension hardware, the lower suspension arms contain bespoke bushes that further increase durability. The combined suspension package is optimised to undertake journeys never before attempted in a Morgan sports car, while ensuring composure and comfort during any excursion into the back country.
• A five-piece underbody protection system – comprising an engine guard, rear chassis guard, mid-section shield and rear undertray – helps to protect the chassis and important components from damage when driving in extreme conditions.
• The car is also fitted with a full bespoke exhaust system with rear side-exit that improves the departure angle and contributes to 230mm of ground clearance.
• The Plus Four CX-T uses a BMW X-Drive electronic differential with bespoke software, calibrated and tested specifically for the application. Switches inside the cabin allow a choice of three modes to be selected depending upon the driving conditions; each mode varies the degree of differential lock that is applied. Selecting Road fully opens the differential, while All-Terrain applies approximately 45% lock to the rear differential, allowing some variation torque distribution between the rear wheels. All-Terrain – Extreme mode fully locks the rear differential, providing equal torque to both rear wheels. The two All-Terrain modes are designed to be used when tackling rough surfaces and low-traction conditions. The final drive ratio has also been shortened to account for the larger diameter tyres and suit all-terrain usage.

Jonathan Wells, the head of design at the Morgan Motor Company, said, “The Morgan design team has been conceptualising modern-day trialling vehicles for many years. Around 18 months ago, our investors and CEO Steve Morris were in the studio and remarked how incredible it would be to bring one of these drawings to life. The project was unrestrained and born entirely from a desire to create an exciting British adventure vehicle.

The CX-T, like many recent Morgan vehicles, demonstrates the flexibility of the Morgan design. For me, it’s a complete package: historical integrity, legitimate capability, and a brand-new adventure-lead aesthetic.”

Mike Jones of Rally Raid UK said, “Applying my experience of 13 Dakar rallies, 60 Dakar vehicle builds and a lifetime of overland adventuring to an unconventional sports car such as a Morgan, has been an interesting and rewarding project. Having the opportunity to design a car for such a prestigious marque has been a responsibility that I never imagined I would have. Rally Raid UK and Morgan have engaged with industry-leading suppliers to source the highest quality components, as well as designing a range of bespoke parts that will remain unique to the model. The Morgan Plus Four CX-T is a genuine overland adventure vehicle and I look forward to seeing the incredible destinations that owners will find themselves in.”

Source: influenceassociates.com

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