First drive: Morgan Plus Four racer concept review

First drive: Morgan Plus Four racer concept review

On track, this hardened Plus Four is neither especially quick nor razor-sharp. There’s too much roll for that, so even if the steering ratio were usefully sped up, the body wouldn’t keep pace with your commands during direction changes. On these tyres, the chassis has only modest grip levels anyway, and without an LSD it also wants for traction not only through Llandow’s tight esses but through the fast final sweeper, too. There’s clearly still far more ‘road’ than ‘track’ in this car’s DNA.

However, if the recipe is currently a little underdone, there’s clearly plenty of potential. The torsional stiffness of the CX chassis is obvious in the way the car’s two axles are in sync with one another, the rear faithfully following the front once you learn to load the suspension up sensitively and pour the car into bends, rather than forcing it. Roll is generous for something track-focused, but the rate at which it happens is consistent, and the car flows elegantly, being about the least spiky device ever to feature a plumbed-in fire extinguisher. Up the ante and the Plus Four begins to behave like the crossply-shod racers at the Goodwood Revival: it’s lavishly progressive at the back axle and needs you to lightly work away at the large steering wheel.

It’s all good fun and so satisfying when you string one or two more expressive laps together. 

Remember also that the Plus Four is a light car. The road car weighs 1013kg dry, and with the roll-cage putting back what the completely denuded single-seat interior saves, the ‘Clubsport’ weighs about the same. This gives the car an unmistakable delicacy as it shifts its footing from corner to corner.