Home of the TT F-Xtreme
And in the same way it all happened again in 2008 the lead up to the MGFest 08 led to a
couple of MG fans saying I want one, and so I found a new manufacturer and handed over
the original prototype and said make these. This time reverting to the Mk1 fitments and
design also producing them only with the instantly recognisable cut off tail pipes. This time
the exhaust ends will be polished and the silencer boxes too making them instantly
Once again the exhaust sold quickly for a short run of only 15.
The History of the TT Exhaust
by Neil Willetts
When I was younger I had an old Honda CB200. Not a very rapid
or great bike but it was a four stroke and it could be modified to
make a great sound. I found a manufacturer now alas long gone
called Campbell Geometrics who supplied me with a very extreme
exhaust system. It came with a large nut in the centre of the
silencer which could be turned to adjust the volume of the
exhaust. What an excellent system! Needless to say that the
exhaust was only ever adjusted once and that was on fitment to
max volume where it remained for the next 4 years.
At the time I worked at TRW United Carr a company that supplied parts to the
automotive industry and so it was inevitable that the TT exhaust or something like
it would come into existence.
With prototype TT MK1 exhaust fitted
Meanwhile there was a little community of motor service operators in
Mitcham where I had bought a large chunk of negative equity. The primary
parts of this were two operations. The Exhaustman and Trevor Taylor
Conversions an MG specialist of some note. Both are now unfortunately
On the job side of things I was doing well and joined a Business Strategy Consultancy at
the time I was driving a 1969 Triumph 2000 (with of course a modified straight through
exhaust). One evening I got lost and joined a very heavy traffic jam. My mobile ran out of
power so I pulled into Trident MG just as they were shutting to use their phone to call the
wife. In the showroom was one of the first MGFs in Flame red, you know what happens
From the first incarnation of the MG EX-E I’ve always wanted a mid-engined MG . The
original image of the EX-E adorned my office wall back in the mid late 80s so it was
inevitable that I would get an MGF and on March 10th 1996 I collected my Red MGF. What
a great experience …apart from one thing… Rev the engine and it went phut-wheeze. This
wasn’t an MG sound. Old Bs blat around making a sound like spanners being flushed down a
drain BV8s sing a song written in heaven. Older MGs get even greater soundtracks. No
something had to be done about this. So in 1999 I went to see Trevor Taylor armed with
some basic sketches and we discussed design.
The original sketches
I wanted a straight through design I am not a big fan of chambered silencers and I wanted
to apply what we had learned. We went to the Exhaustman and he created from our brief
the first of the TT pipes. At this time I had a cat bypass made and fitted, probably one of
the first. When we first started the car up in Trevor’s garage OMG!! I’ve never heard
anything like it. Absolutely perfect, spot on. Loud, powerful and deep. Just what I had
hoped happened. This was the MGF sound for me.
The first TT F-Xtreme
Trevor and I agreed that he could make these and sell them as the Trevor Taylor Fxtreme
exhaust. I am not sure how many were made but they all carry the original
straight-through design and the brutal cut-off ends. These pipes were never polished only
made for early MGFs and had mild steel flanges with bolt on fixtures for easy removal at
MOT time so you can refit the cat. I still have the original prototype on my MGF.
Unfortunately Trevor died of cancer soon afterwards.
In 2005 at the 10th anniversary of the F at Gaydon I was accosted by ….I’ll remember his
name in a moment … who heard me arrive, came up to me and said.. “that’s a Trev Taylor
isn’t it, and you’re going to tell me their made of unobtanium and you cant get them
anymore but I want one” Needless to say I thought this through and decided that I should
get another batch made. Thus was born the TT Mk 2. Again only ever made in low
numbers (14) and again made to the original straight through design with a few
modifications. The Mk 2 sold well to MGF and TF fanatics mainly created as labour of love,
an exclusive pipe for those in the know.
A batch of MK2 exhausts with the MK1 Prototype
In 1988 the lady who was to become my wife Janet bought a black X1/9,
I suppose you could call that a predecessor to the MGF. That was a brilliant little
car. I went and bought myself a matching red one. The black one’s exhaust fell off
but on examination somebody had fitted a 4-1 manifold onto it. This got me thinking.
I went along to the Exhaustman and had many long conversations about
how to make exhausts; he had considerable experience making them for
Tyrell and Brabham F1. I learned a lot and armed with a bunch of bends
and the Exhaustman’s guidance I made a pretty good job of creating my
first straight through exhaust for the X1/9. I was very pleased with what
I had learned put into reality. It was outstanding, it transformed the car adding what
seemed like a hundred horsepower and a real dose of Italian bravo to an already decent
little car. My wife drove that car until she couldn’t physically get behind the wheel
pregnant with James.