Two British companies, Measurements Group UK and Penny & Giles, have announced their appointment by Rover as preferred suppliers to the MG EX255 project. The objective of the project is to exceed the long established records, set in EX181 of 245.64mph by Stirling Moss in 1957 and 254.91mph by Phil Hill in 1959, with a car based on the successful MGF sports car.
Unfortunately MG Cars’ attempt to record the fastest ever speed in an MG, at the 50th Bonneville Speedweek festivities in Utah, have been delayed with news that their specially designed EX255 car is not going to be complete.
Nick Stephenson, Rover Group’s design and engineering director said `We are confident that this car is a winner, but time was not on our side. I would like to take this opportunity to thank our sponsors for their invaluable support and we will re-schedule our record attempt for the near future.’
Nick Vandervell, corporate affairs manager for Fina (the project’s main sponsor) said, `It would have been great to exceed the record at the 50th Speedweek festivities in Bonneville. We share the frustration of the whole team and I am sure they will succeed.’
Andy Green, driver of the MG EX255 and as the driver of Thrust SSC, the fastest man on earth, said, `Our team has produced a formidable machine that is easily capable of achieving our aims. This is a great car and I am excited at continuing my association with the team and the prospect of driving the fastest MG ever.’