PR1, PR2 and PR3

For a new tomorrow!

As in the most of them successes of the design in Britain, always seems to be that something good will come out of a Trinity of designs. To reach the end of the road (and the birth of the MG F), another piece of the puzzle, the creation of the division Rover Special Products (RSP), with a mission to investigate on marginal projects that they were not in the direction of the main projects of Austin-Rover and then MG-Rover, so that they do not quitasen are resources to the research of new products of the company main lines appeared.

And it was this which gave birth to three prototypes for the future assault on the market of MG sports and division that received the designation PR. But to cut costs was handed over material and information relating to the F-16 MG three outside contractors, giving each of them light a different project. And these were the results:

The prototype engine Panels PR1.

PR1

Simply, was a continuity regarding to the F-16, being also a two-seater with motor and traction front. The signature engine Panels focused on a chassis of Austin Maestro using the M16 2.0 engine, resulting in more conservative design. Was the first in fall is of the trio, as the technology of the Austin master was already coming at the end of his life, by what if had that think in the future, the PR1 not was the best bet, because not is could base a political so ambitious in material that soon would begin to be obsolete.

Reliant prototype PR2.

PR2

Reliant based its proposal on those components of the Reliant Scimitar SS1. Is was of a vehicle’s traction rear propelled by the Queen Mother of them engines British: the (ex-Buick) Rover V8 in its version of 3,900 cm cubic. Apparently, a winning horse, because it provided a style similar to the the old MG B with the power and flexibility of the sports with USA origin. However, MG was thinking that the bad financial situation was that a vehicle with a front engine and rear-wheel drive would need a base and a tooling’s brand new production that would make it less attractive, since it would require components designed from scratch, not could use components already in manufacturing. Therefore, although attractive, the proposal of Reliant had to be rejected.

The prototype ADC PR3.

PR3

I have here to the winner. He prototype of it signature ADC of Luton was a vehicle of motor central that is similar in conception to the famous Fiat X 19 of the decade previous. Although the combination engine front/rear-wheel drive of the PR2 had its enthusiasts in RSP, the possibility of using components already in production in a trasero-central motor vehicle not requiring a completely new transmission. Therefore, the decision fell in the PR3, from whose concept is would develop the expected new sporty MG.

Have arrived to 1991 and, from here in forward, would be the team’s design of Rover who is responsible of give to light this ambitious project. AMS Development would be responsible, together with ADC to the bulk of the work, while the rest of the design team focused on bring forward the project which would be in Rover 600 series.