Metro 6R4 to be celebrated by HRCR in 2018

Head to the British Motor Museum to see a rare gathering of MG Metro 6R4s at the Historic Rally Car Register's 2018 open day

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The legendary MG Metro 6R4 that was built to compete in Group B rallying is to be celebrated by the Historic Rally Car Register in 2018.

Commencing the celebrations will be the HRCR’s Open Day scheduled for January 13 at the British Motor Museum in Gaydon. The Open Day is, in the words of the HRCR, ‘a social gathering where the rally community comes together to meet friends, view a selection of rally cars from the 1950s through to the 80s and talk to organisers of the events that take place all over the country making up the 6 HRCR championships.’

It will also celebrate and include a display of Metro 6R4s, including a car owned by the museum. The 6R4, which was developed for Austin Rover by Williams Grand Prix Engineering, was first unveiled in 1984 and clocked its first victory on the Gwynedd Rally in March 1985.

Built for Group B rally competition, the 6R4 featured a rear-mounted 410bhp, naturally aspirated V6 engine that transmitted its power to the road via four-wheel drive.

In order to comply with homologation regulations, 200 ‘Clubman’ variants were built for the road. The £40,000 milder car had a detuned 240bhp engine but was still capable of a 0-60mph sprint time of just 4.3 seconds.

Initial reliability troubles with the V6 engine meant the 6R4 was never competitive in its Group B exploits, but the category ended halfway through 1986. Afterwards, the 6R4 found popularity in rallycross and is still something of a cult hero.

The British Motor Museum show manager Tom Care said, 'We are delighted to host the 2018 HRCR and celebrate the Metro 6R4 rally cars. For those interested in classic rallying, this nostalgic event will be a great day out and a fantastic opportunity to see so many rally cars on display.'

Entry to the HRCR Open Day is free of charge and attendees can visit the Museum on the day for the discounted rate of £9 per person. The Open Day is open from 10am-3pm with the Museum open from 10am-5pm.

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