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...
The Story Of The Metro 6R4 PART ONE
A look at the Competition history of the Metro 6R4, from it's design to
it's last World Rally, the 1986 RAC.
We then follow the Austin Rover Works drivers, Tony Pond and Malcolm Wilson
through the 1986 season.
We also look at the 6R4 in the British Open Championship.
This film is called Genesis to Revelation and is
Part 1 of 5.
Winning Style, Austin Rover Promotional Video.
A Dealership promotional video, featuring snippets from the 1985 Motorsport
season. Austin Rover entered into the Touring car, Rally championship and
opened the Metro Challenge Cup, and this promo features footage from the
1985 season. Drivers featured are, Jeff Allam and Steve Soper driving the
Vitesse V8's, Tony pony and Co-Driver Rob Arthur also in a V8 but also the
mighty 6R4 Metro. Ex Formula 1 driver Jean-Louis Schlesser also having a
blast in a V8. The 300bhp Vitesse V8's were prepared were prepared and
driven by no other than Tom Wilkinshaw ( TWR Tom Wilkinshaw Racing ) who
often drove alongside Win Percy. Commentary is provided by the legend
himself, Murray Walker and Stages include the Manx Rally, Silverstone TT
and Donington Park.
BBC Rally Sprint 1983 - Race
The race portion of the 1983 BBC Rally Sprint. Four Grand Prix drivers
versus four Rally drivers in a 10 lap sprint around Donington Park National
circuit in identical MG Maestros. Grand Prix drivers: Nigel Mansell, John
Watson, Danny Sullivan and Derek Warwick. Rally drivers: Tony Pond, Pentti
Arrikala, Stig Blomqvist and Jim McRae.
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
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.
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.