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Design with Style -- The Rover SD1
Rover and British Leyland were beset by problems in the mid 1970s. Out of this cauldron of mismanagement came the Rover SD1 in 1976. It was called SD for the Specialist Division and 1 for the first car to come from the in-house styling department. Despite a dramatic, innovative design both inside and out, the option of classic V8 grunt, and more or less universally praised dynamics, the SD1's reputation -and its longevity suffered at the hands of a company in meltdown. And it could all have been so different. The car, which was styled by Rover's design genius David Bache, had some grand ambitions. It had been designed to look like a family version of contemporary Italian supercars (they even got a load of Italian supercars in for comparison purposes early in the design process), while the attractive interior was intelligently designed from both a user's and an engineering perspective. Such was BL's confidence in it that they ploughed £31 million into a new factory (which in the end would be mothballed after just five years it even received rave reviews from the motoring press. "It is hard to be over-enthusiastic about the new 3500" said Autocar. "On every score, its qualities justify any kind of enthusiasm. It would have been hard to predict, especially looking at the bald paper specification, just how well the car would perform, handle and ride. "Add to that the spaciousness and aerodynamic efficiency of the body, and the attention paid to ensuring that the car will last, and it is easy to see why all competitors are casting worried glances, not only at the car but also at its price. If the 3500 will be built in sufficient numbers, if the quality can be maintained along with the price, and if the ground is not cut from under its wheels by ill-advised legislation, the new 3500 should be one of the successes of the decade." But production numbers, of course, could not be maintained and nor could the quality. And all we are left with in the 21st century is a whole bag of 'what ifs' and a dwindling handful of what was once one of the most promising cars ever to be created in Britain. Source: http://www.pistonheads.com/gassing/topic.asp?t=996733





Renault 5 v8 Supercar
1983 Renault 5 T1 with Rover 3500cc V8 engine. Rescued from a dealer in the west country. Road legal and rebuilt to Rac regulations for tarmac hill climbing. Pranged car on first outing so rebuilt front end and then kept strictly for road use. Engine tuned to approx 220 bhp, car weighed in at about 900 kilos so it was pretty quick. 0 to 60 in about 4 seconds. Sadly sold car in 2004 and had not seen or heard of it until Jean Luc contacted me in 2011.The car is now in France! Turn up the volume!!!!





V8 Rover turbo
more detail on the Rover V8 from Ingo ,South Africa





Rover SD1 V8 Tuning Session
Rover SD1 3.5 V8 getting the twin SU carbs tuned to match the intake and Exhaust setup. Will it go bang or will it survive the 2.5 hour beating at 5500 RPM and make even more power with the carbs in tune?





Rover SD1 V8 3500 VDP EFI Vitesse start up
1984 Rover 3500 VDP EFI start up and general quick view mid-point of restoration. Thanks for viewing, more to follow when the car is finished. PS - this is my Dad's! not mine -lolol! - like for solar panel charging the battery XD





Rover SD1 V8 Drive
Short drive of my 86 Vandanplas





Tony Pond IOM TT Challenge Rover Vitesse 100mph lap record
In 1990 Tony Pond one of the greatest British drivers laps the Isle of Man TT course in a Rover 827 Vitesse averaging 102 mph. For me this is an incredible lap in a car that is far better than it was given credit for. Can you imagine someone trying that in a Ford Granada or BMW 520 or Citroen, Renault, Vauxhall or any other similar priced cars in the Rover price range. As said below by liverush24 this was to show how good the Rover is and at the same time Tony Pond showed how brilliant a driver he is. He did that lap with an average of over 100mph through those narrow lanes and country roads, find other 100mph average laps and get a true perspective of the achievement. Higgins lap to is impressive and a great achievement but done in a modern lightweight state of the art, turbo charged rally car with computer controlled 4 wheel drive to save you in big moments, ABS etc etc, Ponds lap is in an 80's front wheel drive production car with a about 180hp, that is truly brilliant.





Rover SD1 after a few tweaks
Just a liitle test run after a bit of carb tuning......All within the speed limits of course....it's worth watching for the noise! A big thankyou to JDT Autos for getting it all set up. www.jdtautos.com





INSANE 500bhp V8 Supercharged Land Rover Zulu Defender from JE Engineering
A quick video of the driving of the amazing Land Rover Zulu modified by JE Engineering in Coventry. It houses a 4.2 V8 Supercharged Jaguar engine and produces 500bhp.





Rover 3500 V8 SD1 Vitesse test run
No forced indution just real power! Planning a LS1 swap this winter For more info visit: http://www.garaget.org/?car=209993





The new Rover V8 in my MGB - Starting for the first time
So, after a year or so I have finaly inserted a new V8 in my MGB. This video show the very first (and successful) attempt at starting the new engine. After 7 years on the road, the original engine's block cracked 1 month before I retired and moved to Lyme Regis in July 2007. I've never performed anything major like this before, so this was a big and anxious moment.





How to build the bottom end of a Rover V8 Engine
Here we walk you through building the bottom end of the Rover V8 engine, courtesy of the V8 Wizard. www.v8engines.com





Ford sierra v8 supercharged - the evolution - and start up with the charger!
The V8 sierra as it was, and has been, and now is!! With 3.5 v8 to start, then 3.9, then Supercharger, now with cossie running gear and s/charger and nos to follow!





27 litre tank engine being taken out of a Rover SD1
Charlie takes the massive 27 litre V12 Tank Engine out of his Rover - one of Practical Performance Car Magazine's feature cars. It takes a Fork Lift truck, some tapping with a hammer and some engineering Ingenuity. Follow its progress in the magazine. For more footage of our cars and funny car ad spoofs, subscribe to our channel.





My old wide arch Rover SD1,3.9 V8 on the streets!
My old baby which i had back in 1998 until 2002. Heavily modified with 3 piece split rims,wide arch's etc etc. This thing would stick with Cossie's!!




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