Vitesse Ltd produce the MGB “which the factory should have made but didn't”
Vitesse Global Ltd have developed a kit to convert post 1968 MGB’s into the car which Abingdon should have made to succeed the MGB and Austin Healey 3000, but didn’t.
It has a 4 litre V8 engine with 5 speed gearbox and includes all the necessary ancillary components, to deliver a perfectly matched package of silky smooth gearbox with the well proven torquey V8 engine giving a “No Brainer” turn-key well balanced drivers car, which sounds wonderful.
The fitted price of the kit costs £17,500 + VAT. When added to the value of a donor MGB, the package adds up to making this the best and most reasonable new and useable classic on the market.
This package has been developed by Vitesse Sales Manager Alec Poole who with his colleague Roger Enever were Works MG drivers in the Sixties and were the most successful MG International race drivers of all time. Roger’s Dad Syd Enever was Chief Engineer at MG Car Co and fathered the MGA & MGB. Alec trained as a BMC engineering apprentice under Syd.
Who are Vitesse
Drawing on over 20 years experience of building and supplying V8 engines for Morgan Motor Co, MGOC and many sports / kit cars & off-road vehicles and currently Supplier to Land Rover for their remanufacturing programme, it seemed the perfect timing to introduce a complete package with the recent introduction of the V8 Mazda 5-speed kit to complete the range of MGB 5-speed gearbox conversions.
Vitesse have been supplying modified new Mazda 5 speed gearboxes to the UK sports car manufacturers (Morgan, Caterham Ginetta etc) for a number of years – to date they have supplied over 7,000 of these state of the art ultra reliable transmissions.
The Procedure / Process
On receipt of client’s MGB it is road tested and a condition report is drawn up, before work commences.
At this point a full quotation for all works requested and any suggested remedial work required with full customer consultation will be provided.
Remove complete power train assy from donor MGB. Including back axle.
Steam clean engine bay and underbody.
Cut, finish and make good new front inner wing apertures for exhaust manifolds.
Rear axle refurbished and new 3.07: 1 ring & pinion fitted by 3rd party Specialist.
Full underbody Shutz if requested.
Install new powertrain, carry out all wiring and plumbing to suit as required.
Fit uprated front brake discs and pads.
Client speedo to be recalibrated to new axle ratio & wheel/ tyre size.
6 weeks should be allowed for complete installation from receipt of MGB.
Kit content: Parts and components supplied
4 litre V8 cross bolted large main bearing alloy Rover V8 engine with Edelbrock carburettor and intake system and SD1 sump.
Bespoke front cover with large capacity oil pump, alternator, poly V belt & water pump.
Optimum 4.0 litre camshaft.
JWR low rise inlet manifold, Edelbrock 500cfm carburettor and air filter.
Fuel filter and pressure regulator.
Alloy rocker covers. (MG design if requested)
New modified Distributor and lead set.
High torque starter motor.
Stainless 4 into 1 exhaust manifolds.
Remote oil filter assy. with oil cooler hoses.
Standard or optional silicone hose set.
Lightened / balanced flywheel with clutch and disc assy.
Needle roller spigot bush.
Concentric clutch slave cylinder with aeroquip feed & bleed hoses.
Vitesse V8 to Mazda alloy bellhousing.
Vitesse Mazda 5-speed gearbox assy.
Vitesse rear gearbox mounting Assy.
3.07 : 1 Crown wheel & pinion.
Vitesse gear lever
Stainless large bore exhaust system with single rear silencer.
New uprated front brake discs & pads.
Large capacity radiator.
Revotec twin fan system with automatic controller.
16 row oil cooler with braided hoses.
Rubber bumper MGB’s readily accept the V8 engine whereas the engine bay on chrome bumper MGB’s needs to be modified. For chrome bumpered cars the engine bay alterations required are a similar cost to the chrome bumper conversion, so the total price is the same.
Fitment procedure takes 6 weeks.
Price for above: £17,500 +VAT.
Parts and components supplied are brand new (engines are remanufactured to Land Rover’s exacting standards).