APS Motorsports Builds GT3 Car Out of MGB GT

MGB-GT3-with-a-Rover-V8-04-768x1024MGB’s are fun little cars beloved by enthusiasts on both sides of the pond. Their sprightly demeanor and agile chassis have left a mark on racing for decades and have chase to much more powerful cars in the SCCA ranks.

Jason Shalders  and the crew at APS motorsports aims to take the impish looks and performance of the MGB to a much more sinister level. His 1966 MGB GT, currently being built to FIA GT3 Specs, is gunning for the street-legal record at the Nurburgring’s Nordschlefe.

The car sheds much of the original bodywork in favor of massive fender flares and functional aerodynamics. The underpinnings are just as cutting edge as the body alludes while the inside of the cockpit resides a full cage and other safety equipment.

At the heart of the project is a Landrover 4.0-liter v8 engine. The low-flowing factory pushrod-operated heads were discarded in favor of Lotus designed DOHC four-valve aluminum racing heads. In order to further bolster the engine’s breathing abilities, a pair of Owen Development GT3582 turbochargers were installed.

Planned output for the motor is an earth-shaking 1300 horsepower, and to handle all of that power, Shalders designed his own custom pistons, connecting rods, crankshaft and cams. Some F1 technology has trickled down into this engine as well, as a set of highly-specialized pneumatic valve springs help return the valves travel from peak lift back to their seat quickly and reliably at possible.

MGB-GT3-with-a-Rover-V8-01-1024x768At all four corners are massive OZ racing wheels with correspondingly huge brakes and suspension movement articulates cantilevered shocks.

Their is obviously quite a bit more fabrication required before the car will be race ready but it there is no doubt this will be an unbelievably fast car when it is finished. Click here to follow along with the build on APS Motorsports facebook.

About the author

Evan Perkins

Evan Perkins is a seasoned automotive journalist with a passion for road racing. Evan has logged seat time in more cars than he can count and has a deep-seeded love for all genres of the motoring world.
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