There had never been a launch event like it, and there never will be again. Do something as extreme as the car itself. That was certainly achieved when a makeshift cinema full of journalists collectively gasped as a real-life 6R4 burst through the big screen showing a promo film, with driver Tony Pond just halting the car before landing in their laps.
This summed up the 6R4 perfectly. A car so wrong, it’s right. During the days of fire-breathing Group B monsters like the Audi Quattro, Ford RS200 and Lancia 037, a diminutive Metro had no place. Then the lunatics, led by Austin Rover’s motor sport head John Davenport, took over the asylum and delivered a mad idea to the board.
Group B rules were thriving, with multiple brands building cars to the new, power-hungry yet cost-effective formula, and Austin Rover wanted in.