The Austin Metro was first launched in 1980 as a replacement for the Mini. A cheap popular everyday car of yesteryears, the Metro became the best-selling small car of its day. Could you imagine the Metro to be the platform for one of the most controversial rally category that gave us a series of spectacular cars before being banned at the end of 1986.
Looking from the rear of the car, not much of the car was Austin Metro, it was virtually a tubular chassis cladded with GRP-fibre glass lightweight panels. The roof panels were made from aluminium, the steel doors and the remaining panels is from the original shell.
At first glance, you would think the standard car was injected with steroids, Nothing besides the rear lights and inner silhouette was a Metro. Talk about pushing the finishing product with its oversized boxed arches to accommodate the larger 18” Compomotive wheels and its wider track. The doors were, however, concealed by two oversized plastic airboxes, enough to carry your cat but seriously enough air to cool the engine. If we think back now, the start of the plastic throw-away age was introduced on modern cars, just as exciting as plastic Coke a Cola bottle.
Normally you find something along the lines of a highly strung 410bhp 3.0 V6 built by Rover & F1 Williams, coupled with very short gearing the car could explode from 0-60mph in around 3 seconds. The engine was a break from the NORM, as it wasn't turbocharged as the majority of its competitors were. What would Ford say if they saw the engine in the back of this Metro? According to the current owner it is running a late model YBJ Cosworth engine, with turbo charge cooler. The engine is tuned to produce a dyno proven 390bhp with standard Cosworth ECU using a stage 2 chip. With the extra power the car has extra stopping power with 4 pot AP brakes all round. A genuine 6R4 rolls permanently four-wheel-drive with separate prop shafts to the front and rear differentials. The rear differential was mounted on the side of the engine sump with one driveshaft running through the sump to the nearside rear wheel. Whereas this Metro runs tail happy rear wheel drive mated with a Renault 21 gearbox.
The interior is similar to the real 6R4 with two race bucket seats and a similar firewall screen behind the driver.
Both Cobra branded seats in good order with a personal “Cosworth 6R4” stitch embossed. In keeping with the Cosworth theme, the car is painted in Imperial Blue found on the Escort RS Cosworth. At extra cost, the present owner is willing to custom wrap the car to any liveries such as Rothmans rally, Computervision or Belga.
The original Metro dash has been flocked and the owner has added new dials such as a turbo boost gauge, gear changing lights and digital clocks, can you imagine the standard clocks coping with the extra power??
Sorry no children allowed, accommodating the engine and firewall.
The rear boot lid acts as a small fibreglass clam shell and a very aggressive tail spoiler, whereas the lightweight front hunches large air vents to feed air to the radiator. We love the functional aero spoilers for cooling and downforce just like the time-attack and hill climb cars. Unlike the genuine 6R4, a custom fuel tank is situated at the front boot giving the car an even weight distribution. A 1985 MG Metro 6R4 road-going rally car was up for auction at the Autosport International at the NEC, Birmingham, on January 12th 2019. Sold for £180k+ A legend of the crazy Group B rally era, the 6R4, like its contemporary competitors, is a Frankenstein’s monster of a racing car. If you examine this Metro 6R4 recreation, the attention to detail and work makes this car a bargain.