Currently reading: MG EXE181 concept previews Rimac-baiting electric hypercar
Chinese firm claims new concept will hit 62mph in 1.9sec; has 0.181 drag coefficient

The MG EXE181 concept, our first look at a futuristic Rimac-baiting electric hypercar, has made its public debut at the Beijing motor show.

It is inspired by the EX181 land speed record car driven by Stirling Moss and Phil Hill throughout the late 1950s, which was designed for optimal aerodynamic efficiency.

Similarly, the EXE181 wears as little bodywork as possible, with a smooth-surfaced shell wrapped tightly around a single-seat monocoque. The driver sits inside a prominent central bubble, a reference to the UFO-shaped EX181. The cockpit’s teardrop shape stretches out into a sloping tail fin, capable of raising from the car’s body to act as an airbake when slowing from high speeds.

MG claims a drag coefficient of just 0.181. For reference, the Volkswagen XL1 claimed 0.199, while the McLaren Speedtail is rated at 0.278.

Inside, the EXE181 has a yoke-style steering wheel with a built-in touchscreen, and little else besides.  

MG EXE181 at Beijing motor show – rear

Interior images suggest the EXE181 has four motors – one per wheel – but MG has yet to detail its powertrain. That it claims a 0-62mph sprint time of just 1.9sec suggests it packs more than 1000bhp, given the Rimac Nevera needs 1887bhp to dispatch the sprint in the same time.

That makes the MG one of the world’s quickest-accelerating cars. Japanese start-up Aspark claims its Owl supercar, packing four motors and 1985bhp, hits 62mph in just 1.72sec.

MG has yet to announce a top speed for the EXE181, but nodded to the original EX181’s recorded top speed of 254.91mph in a post to Chinese social media network Weibo. That suggests it plans for the new car to comfortably beat its forebear. 

The EXE181 is expected to appear at July's Goodwood Festival of Speed, where MG’s centenary celebrations will take centre stage.


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jason_recliner 23 April 2024
It's stunning but the styling would probably be ruined with a production ride height. Best to keep it track only if they intend to build them.
FastRenaultFan 22 April 2024
Absolutely stunning but yes I agree with the other poster. What is the point of it? The only one going to be able to drive it will be top racing drivers. Anyone else would end up killing themselves ir someone else in it. Only very rich people will be able to afford it anyway if it ever goes ahead into production.
Overdrive 22 April 2024
I love performance cars, but you do get to a stage when you gotta ask: what the hell is the point of a near 2000hp road vehicle that does 0-60 in less than 2 seconds?
I'd say that, unless you are a top class racing driver, that's even too quick for track use.