Chassis, cooling and handling upgrades for Morgan's 3 Wheeler helps make the historic sports car even more appealing
20 November 2013

The Morgan 3 Wheeler has been updated with a number of upgrades for the 2014 model year.

Chief among the changes is a re-worked chassis to increase torsional stiffness and improve handling. 

The centre drive unit and bevel box have also been re-visited to provide a smoother power delivery and reduce vibrations, while the steering has also been developed further in an effort to eliminate bump steer and to increase stability at high speed.

Morgan has also fitted a new urban cooling pack, which drives more air into the engine at low speeds to control temperatures inside the engine.

Morgan managing director Steve Morris told Autocar: "The technical team have basically taken our real-life data from customers and built in certain features into the chassis to improve torsional stiffness and to stop any bits of deflection. 

"The handling improvements come from the extra stiffness, along with our other improvements to the chassis and the steering. We had feedback from customers in America that because of the different road conditions, we were getting more commentary about the bump steer.

"What we've done is to re-engineer the setup to eliminate that, and increase the stability. If you were doing 100mph in the 3 Wheeler before you would find some bump steer which could affect stability. This new setup has transformed that."

The company says that while there are virtually no changes to the bodywork of the car, aside from new air vents, it will be offering a larger range of vinyl wraps and colour options as well as a new 30,000 mile/30-month warranty.

The updated Morgan Three-Wheeler will go on sale in January next year, following a debut at Motorcycle Live later this month. Prices won’t change, meaning the new model will be priced from £31,140.

Morris says the company has collected data from the 1000 Three-Wheeler models it has sold since 2011 to make the biggest impact with its changes: “We’ve learnt quite a lot about about how to improve the chassis, and that’s what we’ve done. We’ve taken real-life data both from ourselves and from customer feeback and implemented these new features. In a nutshell, we've used the good, solid feedback from those cars."

"There is no benchmark for this car. If we were doing some development work on our Aero platform chassis we could look at what is best practice and work from that, but with the 3 Wheeler there is no best practice. This is very much an intuitive process, we didn't have the existing data to go from".

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20 November 2013
Wonderful to see Morgan make such significant and useful changes to vehicles purchased largely for nostalgia. The best way to successfully sell a new "old car" is to make it perform as contemporarily, reliably, and safely as the engineers can manage. Considering the admiration and success the new three wheeler has gained the company, they might very well be willing to produce a second, more practical model. It needn't have modern "luxuries" or safety "nannies", but adjustable seating and a modicum of weather protection could greatly increase it's marketability. Well done Morgan. You are desirable and revered for good reason.

20 November 2013
Blimey!! ... A car manufacturer that actually listens to feedback from its customers and then improves their cars accordingly ...

20 November 2013
If you were doing 100mph in the 3 Wheeler before you would find some bump steer which could affect stability. ------------------------------------ Has Steve Morris just done a 'Gerald Ratner' ? If such stability problems affected the old car, what haven't they tested / detected on the new car before selling it? "...the company has collected data from the 1000 Three-Wheeler models it has sold since 2011: “We’ve learnt quite a lot about about how to improve the chassis," Paying £31k to be Morgan's crash test dummy! Exactly how safe are these cars?

22 November 2013
[quote=scotty5]If you were doing 100mph in the 3 Wheeler before you would find some bump steer which could affect stability. ------------------------------------ Has Steve Morris just done a 'Gerald Ratner' ? If such stability problems affected the old car, what haven't they tested / detected on the new car before selling it? "...the company has collected data from the 1000 Three-Wheeler models it has sold since 2011: “We’ve learnt quite a lot about about how to improve the chassis," Paying £31k to be Morgan's crash test dummy! Exactly how safe are these cars?[/quote] You're not their type of customer if safety is at the top of your agenda. To answer your question : not at all. But then that spectacularly misses the point.

21 November 2013
Are these the same three-wheeler updates Charles Morgan promised to customers that helped get him sacked?


21 November 2013
[quote=bomb]Are these the same three-wheeler updates Charles Morgan promised to customers that helped get him sacked?[/quote] :( :( :(

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