Morgan announces Plus 8 Speedster world debut at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2014
The Morgan Plus 8 Speedster – based on the iconic Morgan Plus 8 and produced in a limited run of just 60 cars – made a thundering impression at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed last weekend (27th – 29th June). The Plus 8 Speedster has been commissioned to celebrate 100 years of Morgan manufacture at the works in Malvern Link. One off styling features adorn the Speedster with striking electric blue wing beading, unique Speedster wheels, an aerodynamic windscreen and roll hoops* make up some of the stand-out features of the Speedster.
On show as part of the Michelin Supercar Paddock at the festival, the Speedster was driven by works drivers Nick Baker and Mark Reeves who entertained the crowds with tyre smoke before the 4.8 litre BMW V8 engine propelled the Speedster up the famous Goodwood Hill.
Nick Baker, UK Sales Manager, drove the car over the weekend and said “The Speedster felt very sharp and agile, by removing the windscreen and hood to give that stunning speedster look, our design team have not only created a stunning looking vehicle, but also one that has an extenuated driving experience. As the first Morgan ever to have paddle shift, the car felt involving to drive and retained the pure driving feel that is so unique to Morgan cars.”
Jon Wells, Head of Design, said “The brief for the Plus 8 Speedster was simple; design a variant of the iconic Plus 8 to celebrate 100 years of hand building sports cars at the Pickersleigh Road factory. For me, every Morgan provides sheer exhilaration and a sense of purity. This was the starting point for the Speedster’s design. Everything that wasn’t needed was removed. In doing so the core materials and craftsmanship were celebrated and the cars performance was enhanced. The Plus 8 is the lightest Aluminium chassis car we have designed and it made sense to exemplify this sportiness with some track inspired detailing.”
*The roll hoops on the Speedster are not FIA approved and are fitted to the car as aesthetic enhancements only