VotW – MG XPower EX257 – Le Mans

Our video this week is a short informational video on the MG XPower which ran at Le Mans – MG-Lola EX257 (sometimes referred to as simply MG EX257). These cars were created out of a partnership between MG and Lola back in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Three Le Mans Lola cars were developed over time and competed in the LM675 and then LMP2 classed – LMP standing for Le Mans Prototype.

While Mark Blundell was one of the main drivers of the car which competed in the 2001 Le Mans 24 hour race and is the most often named driver associated with the cars, an MG Works car raced at Le Mans in 2001 (#33) and 2002 (#27) with Mark Blundell, Julian Bailey, and Kevin McGarrity driving.

These cars had a one-piece carbon fiber composite monocoque chassis/survival cell, and the rear wing was of a lightweight composite construction.

MG Lola EX257 LMP675 XPower

I would encourage you to read a more full history of these cars, their development, and the racing careers at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MG-Lola_EX257

We can only wish that MGs were still be raced at Le Mans today. But, that being said, if you want to see some great MG racing, make sure to attend an event put on by the MG Vintage Racers. You won’t be disappointed.