Gas turbine car "JET1" 1950 Maximum speed - 244 km / h, but the fuel consumption - 56 l/100 km
This firm of Coventry in the 80s. XIX century created Starla James (James Starley). The first time she let out bikes at the beginning of the XX century began manufacturing motorcycles, and in 1904 began selling cars. By 1914, Rover became a respected manufacturer of passenger cars and motorcycles, but in 1924 refused to issue two-wheeled vehicles.
This logo adorned the Rover grille sports model "16/20NR" in 1907, the engine which had camshafts with variable cam profile
The desire to produce a large number of cheap cars has led the company in the late 20's. on the brink of bankruptcy. Saved the situation change in leadership and strategy in the market. In the 30-60s. ensure peaceful existence Rover Spencer Wilks (Spencer Wilks) and his brother, Maurice (Maurice).
Prior to the Second World War, the company famous for its strong and of good quality middle-class cars. Her future looked bright, although the family Wilkes longer cared about appearance and finish of cars than on their performance. During the war, Rover worked construction and management of plants for the production of aircraft engines. She has undertaken for the development of the first gas turbine engines. As a result, all of its operating time passed the company Rolls-Royce.
Viking ship in the emblem Rover had to evoke the calm and reliable family cars. Today, this logo have all models of Rover
After the war, the concentrated Rover car production plant in Solihull, and provided the famous four-wheel drive Land Rover ("Land Rover"). The next 20 years the company produced high-quality, but it is absolutely uninteresting cars. However, increased production of vehicles Land Rover. Saw the light of the world's first series of experimental gas turbine cars. From 1950 to 1961, Rover was built at least five different types of machines. Despite their very good performance in manufacturing, they were not included.
Rover SD1 is leading the race at Donington European Championship for tourist vehicles in 1985
In 1965 the company acquired the Rover company Alvis ("Alvis"). In 1967 she lost her independence, united with Leyland. A year later she became an integral part of the new group British Leyland. After that, the program appeared in its high-speed model, Rover, who did not have unparalleled off-road vehicles Land Rover and a prototype of a luxury - "P6BS" with the engine within the wheelbase. From the latter had to be abandoned immediately after assembly of the first instance.
Rover Coupe ("Rover Coupe"), a series of "200" - a family supercar to reach a maximum speed of 240 km / h Acceleration from standstill to 96 km / h in 6.3 seconds
In the late 80s. British Leyland was sold to another concern British Aerospace ("British Aerospace"), and became an independent company Rover. Already in 1992 it acquired the German company BMW (BMW). The first results of joint work - mark the revival of MG (GM-GM), the appearance of the roadster "MGF" (Em-G-TF), creating a Land Rover Freelander ("Land Rover Frilander"), the beautiful new engines and models of Rover 75 (1999 .) However, profitability remains in question.