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Signage:1985 MG Metro 6R4 Group B Race Car: In the early 1980's an attempt was made to revitalise the old competitions department and through the efforts of this a saloon car racing challenge based on the Metro model was set up. This became a successful series which still runs to date in a number of guises: Standard, MG, and Turbo Metro Series. Arising from this original outset into motor sport came an attempt to establish the Metro as a rally car. At the time, competition in this field had moved from the modified standard cars of the sixties to a breed of highly developed homologation specials, featuring large engines, four-wheel drive, and all sorts of devices undreamed of twenty years earlier. The Metro developed for this kind of competition was code named the 6R4, and was a mid-engined four-wheel drive saloon, which bore a resemblance to the Metro, although it was actually built on a Maestro floorplan. The engine was a V6 unit which had been derived from the Rover V8 engine which has been seen in numerous vehicles including the MGB. The engine had effectively had two cylinders removed, was fuel-injected, and had been mounted in what would have been the back seats of the Metro model. This whole package was offered in limited production, for homologation purposes, at a price of around 25,000 pounds. As a competition car, the MG Metro was only a mild success, winning only one major rally, before it was ruled out of contention by changes in rallying's international rules just as the development was beginning to get the car into success. Even though the car was ruled out of international rallying scene, it was still ideal for a number of other areas of motorsport. This is especially true in Rallycross, where the 6R4 continues to be successful, and a major force today. Other areas of Motor Sport where the 6R4 is still used include: One-Make Race Series; Hillclimbing; and Sprinting, where it's sheer brute force, light weight, and aerodynamics continue to make it a very competitive car.