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Discussion Starter · #1 ·
Maybe this thread should be under Le Mans.

Just looked at this weeks Auto Express - I'm sure the mag said you could win a drive in the MG Le Mans car (EX257) in next weeks issue.

Will have to buy them a ll so I get the drive. :D :D :D

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Have two little letters ever stirred up so many emotions? Certainly not in the automotive world, where the famous MG badge has become synonymous with pedigree, passion and performance. What's more, now under inspired new ownership and being restored to its former pride, MG is recreating the legend not only with a wide range of sporty road cars, but also with its return to motorsport, following an emotional return to Le Mans last June with a purpose-built sports prototype.

With its fine handling double wishbone chassis, the ZS saloon was born to be wild and it didn't take a rocket-scientist to understand its potential as a front-runner in the resurgent British Touring Car Championship. To put the show on the track, MG employed specialist team West Surrey Racing to mastermind an attack on the BTCC crown.

To coincide with the arrival of the new range of MG road burners, the stunning ZS speedster hit the tracks last September and, as predicted, made an immediate impact in the capable hands of drivers Warren Hughes and Anthony Reid. Before the racy ZSs arrived, Vauxhall seemed on target to win all 26 rounds of the 2001 championship. However, MG had other ideas and Reid maximised the ZS's fine handling characteristics in tricky conditions at Brands Hatch to score a milestone victory.

MG ZS EX260 Touring Car
The full technical specifications
Engine: KV6, naturally aspirated 24-valve V6 with fuel injection
Capacity/Power: 2.0-litre, 1,997cc/270bhp at regulated 8500rpm limit
Transmission: Six-speed gearbox with sequential actuation
Drive: Via the front axle
Clutch: Triple-plate carbon
Chassis: Fully seam-welded bodyshell with integrated safety cage
Suspension (front): Double wishbones plus anti-roll bar
Suspension (rear): Lower wishbones with anti-roll bar
Brakes (front): Ventilated discs with six-piston calipers
Brakes (rear): Solid discs with twin-piston calipers
Wheels: Aluminium alloy 17" diameter
Tyres: BF Goodrich racing 'slick' and treaded 'wet' control tyres
Steering: Rack and pinion
Weight: 1,150kg (inc driver)
Fuel tank: 60 litres
Top speed: 150+mph
0-60mph: 4.3 seconds
Value: £125,000

The name MG is steeped in racing history with some of Britain’s greatest motorsport moments featuring cars bearing the famous octagon badge.

Now, in 2002, there are two MGs which carry on the tradition: enter the awesome new MG Lola EX257, which will take the starting grid at Le Mans this year, and the MG ZS, which is competing in the British Touring Car Championship.

To celebrate the arrival of these sensational racing cars, Auto Express has teamed up with MG to give two pairs of winners a once-in-a-lifetime chance to experience what it’s like at the pinnacle of motorsport. Simply enter our fantastic competition and you could be looking forward to a drive you’ll never forget...

Our winners will enjoy a track day at the thrilling Thruxton circuit in Hampshire to include driving unique versions of MG’s Le Mans race car (bottom image on right) and the MG ZS. After a full safety briefing, you’ll take to the track in an MG ZS 180 before enjoying a sensational drive of 18 laps in a 3.0-litre V6 Le Mans car, which offers a storming 0-60mph time of 3.8 seconds. But that’s not all! You’ll also receive two pairs of VIP tickets, with full hospitality as guests of MG, to watch rounds of the British Touring Car Championship at either Brands Hatch on 26 August or Donington on 22 September. We also have 10 runners-up prizes of great XPOWER baseball caps

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MG/AutoExpress very misleading.

Read the said article in the Co-Op in Waddington and was rather confused with its content and accompanying picture.

The winner will enjoy driving a unique version of MG's Le Mans race car (right - picture of said car).

Well that picture does not resemble an MG-Lola. Take note of the air intake above the engine bay, roll over bar and the nose job. Now compare the Le Mans car. What have you got? That ain't no MG-Lola.

What car do you have for a sensational drive for 18 laps in a 3.0 litre V6 Le Mans car. Can't see them using a Pilbeam Nissan, Lola Nissan or for that matter a Reynard especially as it's a PR exercise for MG. Is it an Ecosse with a 6R4 engine?

Trust AutoExpress once again to mis-lead Joe Bloggs. Unfortunately this Mr Bloggs ain't so daft!

Sorry to put the mockers on a scheme which on paper sounds quite attractive.


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Regardless of the car, it's still a great prize. 18 laps round the track in an open top sports car sounds good to me even if, as like you, I can see that it's not a MG Lola.


Discussion Starter · #7 ·
Saw the cars involved at Thruxton race schol on the day of the BTCC.

Personally it's good PR for MGR as the school uses ZS180's and psuedo Le Mans racars in MGR colours.

As Pete said, I know I wouldn't mind winning, so please don't enter. I want the odds on my side. :D :D

There's also the "Hospitatlity Prize" which probabaly means it's totally MGR sponsored and not by Auto Express.
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