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  Rover SD1 3500 Group 2

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Country of origin:Great Britain
Produced in:1981
Numbers built:1 or 2
Designed by:David Price Raing
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:July 09, 2015
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Click here to download printer friendly versionA change in the regulations, which saw the displacement limit conveniently raised to 3,500cc, opened the door to the highly competitive British Saloon Car Championship for Rover's SD1 3500 at the start of the 1980 season. Having little in-house experience with preparing and/or running a racing car, British Leyland enlisted the help of David Price Racing (DPR) to develop the SD1 into a racer.

Having to comply with the relatively strict Group 1 regulations, little room was left for serious modifications. DPR stripped the car from most of the non essentials to bring down the weight to the set minimum. The Rover's all-alloy 3.5-litre V8, breathing through a pair of Weber carburettors, was tweaked to produce around 250 bhp.

With backing from Triplex and Esso, DPR fielded a two-car team in the BSCC for Rex Greenslade and Jeff Allam. The Ford Capris absolutely dominated the championship and the Rovers generally placed best of the rest in fourth, fifth or sixth. Jeff Allam did manage to score a surprise victory in the shortened Brands Hatch round, where he moved up from fifth on the grid to clinch a maiden win.

Despite Allam's victory, British Leyland were disappointed with the results and passed the contract for 1981 to Tom Walkinshaw Racing. The switch to TWR came relatively close to the start of the season, so they started the year with cars built by David Price Racing. Allam would go on to win three rounds, while Pete Lovett also scored a pair of victories in 1981.

Before the contract with British Leyland expired, DPR also produced at least one SD1 3500 to the slightly more lenient Group 2 regulations. It featured a quad-Weber version of the V8, which raised the power by around 80 bhp. To keep the car on the road, much wider tyres were fitted, which required substantial fender flares. Sold to South Africa, the Group 2 SD1 was campaigned in several editions of the Kyalami 1000km race.

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