Your Projects: Is a Rotary-Powered MG Midget Awesomeness or Insanity?

By Colin Wood
Sep 18, 2020 | Your Projects

One of our earlier project cars was a rotary-powered Triumph Spitfire—lovingly called the Ro-Spit—so we always enjoy seeing another British sports car getting the Wankel treatment.

Since 2016, forum user nocones has been modifying and perfecting a flooded 1978 MG Midget into a widebody, fire-breathing rotary track machine.

In its current form, nocones's Midget is powered by a 13B engine that's somewhere in the ballpark of 170 horsepower. Wide, sticky Hoosier tires hiding under a set of massive box flares help to keep the little rocket grounded.

After a few months of hiatus, progress on the Rotary MG resumed in the form of some light preparation for a Gridlife event at Road America. nocones even shared a teaser from the event:

To keep up with the progress on this rotary-powered Midget—now eight pages deep on the forum—head over to the Builds and Project Cars Forum.

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24ktairman New Reader
9/19/20 10:27 p.m.

I would really like to talk to this builder.  I have a similar project and have hit some snags. 

Perhaps a more detailed article will provide more information. 


nocones GRM+ Memberand UltraDork
9/20/20 9:45 a.m.

In reply to 24ktairman :

I am the builder.  It is me!  Feel free to Email me at nocones dot 625 at Gmail  (Forum PM doesn't work with Yahoo email which is what I have registered).  I'll try to answer questions and help out with ideas however I can.  

hobbyshophotrods New Reader
9/23/20 10:38 a.m.

Just kind of a been there-done that from an old guy.  I built a rotary Midget back in the dark ages when the donor cars were a RX2/RX4/RX5.  Predates most anything to do with CAD, or email, or internet.  Kind of went from stock 13B street car to supercharged 400+ not a street car.  Certainly a lot of fun as long as there was concrete, pretty worthless on asphalt.  A sharp eye might recognize Tim Suddard  working the course at Salina. 

nocones GRM+ Memberand UltraDork
10/1/20 8:38 a.m.

Now with promised longer video.


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