In 1957 MG headed to Bonneville Salt Flats with the odd looking MG EX 181 with the legendary Sterling Moss at the wheel. Underneath the skin of the EX 181 was a 1.5-litre twin cam, supercharged MGA engine that produced 290 horsepower.
On August 23, 1957 Sterling Moss took the MG EX 181 to a top speed of 245.64mph (395.31 kmh) easily breaking the previously set land speed record at 203mph.
MG would once again return to the Bonneville Salt Flats in 1959 with the EX 181, a mere 2 years later with Phill Hill at the wheel. This time to break their own land speed record with a top speed of 254.91 mph (410.23 kmh).