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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





Rover The Long Goodbye
Rover: The Long Goodbye 20 March 2007 BBC Four Documentary which traces the rise and fall of a great British brand. In the days when Britain's car industry was the envy of the world, Rover epitomised everything to which the driver of taste aspired, but in 2005 it reached the end of the road. The film explores how Rover cars went from defining their eras to becoming victims of their times, telling the story behind the key models to the controversial joint ventures with Japanese and Indian manufacturers in later years. Geoffrey Palmer ... Narrator





Jeremy Clarkson 5.2 Rover SD1 race car by RPI Engineering2
This is behind the scenes footage of Jeremy Clarksons 'At Full Throttle' video which we built this crazy 5.2 Rover SD1 for.It raced the race prep'd,tuned 2.0 16v Nova and won both races,in the RAIN! www.v8engines.com (more)





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.





Rover SD1 Euro Trip Part 2
Part 2 of the epic road trip to Switzerland from the UK in a 1984 Rover SD1 3.5L V8. More to follow in part three where the trip home doesn't go to plan...





BBC Rally Sprint 1983 part 1
Credit for the original cap. goes to angmo. This is BBC's "Rally Sprint" from year 1983. It features a production (Group N I assume) Rover SD1 with a few rally modifications including a 300 HP V8 and an MG METRO 1300 (not the turbo version). I have extracted the best I could out of the original video file. I am a BIG rally fan so thought everyone should share in the goodness LOL. The F1 drivers are ;- Danny Sullivan, Derek Warwick, John Watson, Nigel Mansell, the Rally Drivers are ;- Jimmy McRae, Pentti Arikkala, Stig Blomqvist, and Tony Pond. I mostly uploaded this as I am a big fan of the looks of the original mini-METRO. However when I sat in a Metro turbo recently I was shocked to find that the inside and controls and door slamming sound and smell are amost exactly the same as a Morris Minor LOL. Sorry about it being 720p even though it's originally only SD, but Youtube removes far too much picture detail on 480p so I am finding that I need 720p just to get SD levels of picture detail...





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.





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.





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





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!!!!





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?





Fifth Gear Web TV - 27 Litre Rover -- Charlie's Story
Jonny interviews Charlie -- the owner of the amazing 27 litre Rover SD1 that we saw hitting over 160 mph in this week's episode. In this video, Charlie gives us the story behind his incredible home-made car that has the same engine as a World War II Spitfire plane.





Rover Meteor 27 litre V12 tank engine startup
Rover Meteor 27 litre V12 tank engine first startup. Good looking engine with massive sound! ├ůsliveien aasliveien





First Drive Turbo s13 240sx chevy v8 , 6lbs of boost untuned
First drive, untuned. running gt3582r, ms2 3.0 megasquirt http://forums.nicoclub.com/s13-rb25-383-Boost-matafied-s-ride-t368691-30.html





Fantastic sounding Rolls Royce Merlin engined car
Turn down your volume before the engine roars to life 13secs in! - UK Classic Car show summer 2010.




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