MG EXE181 Concept to be unveiled at Beijing Auto Show

Steve Fowler

21 Apr 2024

MG will be unveiling a bold all-electric concept at the Beijing Auto Show this week to celebrate the brand’s 100th anniversary. 

The MG EXE181 Concept harks back to previous MG land speed record cars, especially the EX181 ‘Roaring Raindrop’ that was driven by Stirling Moss at Bonneville Salt Flats at a record 245.64mph over a flying kilometer. 

The sleek new concept is set to borrow the sleek raindrop style of the EX181, but brought up to date with an all-electric powertrain – hinted at in a video revealed by MG owners SAIC’s design studio, which is based in London.

The swoopy retro-profile features design details that bring the EX family bang-up-to-date. Wide-spread circular LED lights at the front of the EXE181 flank an illuminated MG badge, while at the back slim LEDs highlight an aerodynamic fin, as on the original car.

Concept is set to borrow the sleek raindrop style of the EX181 record-breaker

Once the EXE181 has been unveiled at the Beijing Auto Show, it’s expected that the concept will make its way to the UK for this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, where MG is the featured marque in its centenary year.

However, there’s currently no news on whether the EXE181 will follow its famous forebear in setting a Land Speed Record – it’s currently no more than a concept to celebrate MG’s 100th year.

MG has a rich history of EX speed record cars, starting with the EX120 from 1930 through the EX181 of the 1950s to the EX-E of 1985, plus a ZT-T which took the Land Speed Record for an estate car in 2003.

Pictures of the car have been teased in a short video

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