I was recently invited to 6R4.net Curborough Track Day. 6R4.net is a website run by Nicky Lindon and Dan Ellmore, supporting a community of 6R4 owners. They regularly organise track days like this one at Curborough. 6R4s were out one at time, so the track was in figure of eight configuration, this lead to a lot of sideways cornering.
The MG Metro 6R4 was born out of Austin-Rover’s search for a suitable candidate to develop a car capitalise on the massive popularity of the Group B class of the World Rally Championship.
The job of turning the mild-mannered Metro into world rally stage monster was given to Williams as a side project. To read more about the history of this project, check out http://www.6r4.net/site/williams-the-6r4
I am a massive Mini fan and have owned a number of Mini’s including a couple of tuned Coopers. These were really fun, exciting cars to drive with their go-kart handling and light weight.
After a passenger ride in Gary Hewitt’s car (above) it seemed to me that the 6R4 is the ultimate progression of what the Mini Cooper started. A small, flickable car with great, go-kart handling. Now add 4WD , a quad cam V6 in the back to get things really moving along. The short wheelbase, 4WD and stacks of power make this an extremely exciting car.
Group B Regulations required 200 cars to be produced to satisfy homologation rules, these cars were sold in ‘Clubman’ spec. Clubmans produced around 250bhp and used fibreglass panels and a more standard dashboard.
However, 6R4s were also available in International spec being build to a more competitive ‘International’ spec, swapping fibreglass with carbon panels, the dash was removed to make way for more instrumentation and the engine beefed up to around 400bhp. (Again more info on http://6r4.net)
As well around 8-10 6R4s some of their relatives from the Group B stable were also in attendance. A Stunning Ford RS200 in a very rare red finish, a beautiful Stratos replica and an equally impressive Renault 5 Turbo 2 have a look at those Recaro seats.