Old Top Gear - Rover 800 Series Coupe
Jeremy Clarkson reviews the Rover 800 Coupe explaining how much Rover has came along since the late 1970's in terms of build quality. It shows in the 800.
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 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
Lap of Goodwood in a Rover 827 Vitesse
Lap of Goodwood in a Rover 827 Vitesse, the same Rover driven by Tony Pond around the Isle of Man TT course doing the first over 100mph average lap.