Macdroitwich is full of people who actually think there is some merit in discussing old embarrassing BL relics like the Allegro, Maxi and Marina. Now, how sad is that?
Let me give you a lesson you can’t seem to grasp: the consequences of inflicting those very BL models onto the car buying public throughout the 1970s and 1980s is the very reason why BMW chucked Rover in the bin and the Chinese own what is left of the old BL empire. :nod:
The ZR is comming back as the MG-3 at the end of the year with "furgal" 1.1, 1.4 and 1.6 engines according to the rumors. There is also talk of a 1.8 sports version and of course the 2L 4WD Rally car (non-turbo MG N-Series engine with over 250bhp).
MSD is really accelerating with that MG S2000 project. The project only came to us a few weeks ago as a rumour. Now we learn that Alex Bengué is in contact with the MG Rover consortium. Asking what means "in contact" it turns out he is happy with how talks are going, they are into details already and it looks 95% definite Alex will debut the car in Rallye du Valais! This may be the only IRC start this year.
MG Rover is now Chinese owned and the owners wanted a debut on the China Rally with a local driver. While it is sad that MG Rover is no more its own British entity, it appears to its consortium owners have a lot more sense than the horror we sadly hear of most of the Chinese car makers. Chinese car makers have quickly gained a name that they just steal European designs and make cars that are utterly unsafe. In a rare move in Europe, several car brands are joining forces to sue the Chinese car makers in question altogether. Whatever the name of the consortium, the MG Rover owners now have changed mind. They don't want a Chinese driver now, because they want to develop their car with a front line driver. They don't necessarily want the car on the China Rally, since they came to believe the car should first be competitive on asphalt and it is easier to turn a good hard- surface car working on gravel than the other way round. Plus asphalt is better marketing for road car customers, although that does not necessarily apply to the Chinese market. And that is also why the Chinese (they must have looked at the scene carefully) wanted Alex Bengué for now. There are even considerations of Alex and MG starting the WRC Rally Ireland rather than IRC China, tho at the moment this is just a wild idea. At least there should be a team presentation on the last two WRC events, which may mean they are also interested in a PWRC program 2008. That is only rumour at the moment, but fact is MG Rover want to do a full 2008 IRC program with a 2-car team. The candidates may be asphalt ace Alex Bengué and likely one of those rare British drivers with talent who has not fallen off the sky yet, with maybe a 3rd car for a Chinese driver possibly only on the events outside Europe (lesser supported events = also more likely for the Chinese driver to find attention)... Well, so far all sounds extremely sensible to me!