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This Metro 6R4 was purchased directly from Austin Rover Motorsport Abingdon by the directors of ARTIX Ltd.and was the very first “Works Specification” 'Group B' Metro to be sold to a Privateer Team in the UK.
The car was subject to the new rules regarding Group B variants after 1986 following the removal of Group B rally cars from FIA Homologation. With the original 3.0-litre engine being subject to power reductions, Austin Rover simply removed the Twin-Plenum Fuel Injection System from the car and replaced it with a Single Plenum, thus reducing the power output to fall in line with the new regulations. This particular car has, however, retained the unique micro-chip in the ECU which, unlike other 2:8-litre units, is able to run a higher fuel pressure, giving more BHP whilst retaining the higher torque available through this engine. (This has been verified by John Manklow, the Works engine builder who, together with Pete Goodman, developed the 2.8-litre and later the 2.5-litre Goodman Engines).
The car was driven by John Brown in the British Rally Championship and had many successful results including Wyedean Forest Rally-1st place, Hadrian Centurion Rally-1st place, Audi Sport Rally-5th place, Citroen Winter Rally-2nd o/a, 1st National Granite City Rally-2nd place. Along with a few retirements and mechanical failures, the car quickly became famous in the British Championship, however, due to the lack of development by Austin Rover, the car was sold on and continued to be used on National Rallies here in the UK. Attaining many victories, this particular Metro soon became one of the most successful Metro 6R4s ever, even surpassing many of the 'works' cars with event success.
We understand that Jim Carty took ownership between 1988 and 1995 and used the car on many rallies in Scotland prior to going to Ireland in 1996 where it was pedalled by Damon Cole, a famous Irish Tarmac ace, who used the car successfully for 3 years. After a brief ownership by Steve Furzland who won the 1999 Avon Park Rally with the car, it was sold on to the Gallagher brothers who used the car on Tarmac events in the British National Championship with great success.
Rallies: Christmas Stages 2002 8th place, Wheelmaster Stages 2002 4th place, Hixon Stages 2003 1st place, Lockout Stages 2003 1st place, Jack Frost Stages 2003 4th place, Armstrong Massey Stages 2004 2nd place, John Overland Rally Stages 2005 1st place, Jack Frost Stages 2006 3rd place, Woodbridge Stages 2009 2nd place and Melbourne Stages 2009 1st place. The car then went to Germany and was purchased by Gerhard Pegham who used it for test days. Serviced and maintained by Schmit Motorsport it was returned to the Uk by the current owner.
Having undergone a full bare metal restoration over 4 years ago, the car is now resplendent in the original ARTIX Livery. With all original features kept and restored, the shell has been fitted with new panels supplied by MG Cars Ltd (Longbridge) fitted to floors, bulkhead and chassis rails with new sills and slam panel. The bare shell has been Phosphate-washed, treated with de-mineralised water, electro-coated with cathodic primer, painted with the original Ermine White Gloss and then wax injection treated in all cavities. The Livery has been supplied and fitted by GRAFIX Ltd to replicate the original from the cars 1987 Manx Rally entry.
The engine and gearbox have been serviced and tuned by John Manklow with ignition timing re-set to the original settings.
Spec: Goodman 2.8 Litre Short-Stroke engine. Works Gearbox Xtrac with split Bellhousing.
R&D Large front Differential 8” and R&D Rear Diff, both with solid billet End Covers.
35/65 Transfer Box with 1:5 drop gears
Big Bolt Suspension as 'works' specification, with Scottish front arms
Bilstein suspension and AP brake System
MSA Engine Certification. MSA Logbook. Seats, Belts and Fire protection are all in date for FIA Regulations
As the car has just been completely restored, it has not yet been driven more than 100 metres. There a number of spare parts with the car including Full Gravel Suspension, Various Step-Off Gear ratios, Wheels+Tyres (all-new Pirelli) Panels, Electrical and ignition items Cam Belts and Drive Belts.