Problems with the development of magnesium alloy technology has forced Morgan to reschedule the debut for Geneva 2014.
Morgan Motor Company has announced their EvaGT four-seater coupe has been delayed for at least two years.
First revealed as an unfinalized design at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in 2010, the production version was planned to debut at the Geneva Motor Show this March. However, recent funding into the development of magnesium alloy technology has forced Morgan to reschedule the debut for Geneva 2014.
According to Charles Morgan of MMC, Morgan had received funding of £1.4 million from the Technology Strategy Board (TSB) for a joint project with four other partners to use revolutionary materials in a chassis application.
The partners involved in the project named MagMog includes design firm Penso Consulting Ltd, body panel supplier Superform Aluminium, Coventry University for panel joining and fatigue testing expertise and magnesium specialist Magnesium Elektron UK.
The MagMog project, which refers to MAG and MOG welding, aims to use magnesium alloy as the primary material in the construction of a body-in-white structure for the EvaGT.
Morgan says in a press statement about the use of magnesium, "This will improve structural performance at a reduced comparative weight. Magnesium is the lightest structural metal available, 30% less dense than aluminium and is the eighth most abundant elements globally. Due to its inherent properties, use of sheet magnesium for vehicle structural applications will require hot-forming, increasingly being adopted by premium car manufacturers as it can produce larger and more complex panels. Morgan Motor Company intends to provide the initial route to market by adopting the developed technologies on its next generation of premium sports car, the EvaGT."
Morgan continues, "While this delay is undesirable and inconvenient, we have taken the decision to pursue these projects to ensure the EvaGT is at the forefront of both environmental and safety technology."