Engines

Engines : H and K-Series prototypes

Engines : H and K-Series prototypes

The A-Series may have been almost immortal by the early 1970s, but it did not stop the company developing alternatives. Here we describe the H and K-Series engines that were designed for the ill-fated ADO74. Transmission-in-sump could have had a future Any AROnline readers who have read the Metro development story might recall that, back in […]

Engines : The E-Series

Engines : The E-Series

Designed and specially built to become the Corporation’s new mid-sized engine, the E-Series had a troubled early life, but eventually matured into something very worthwhile indeed. New engine, new factory; new start? By the mid-1960s, it had become clear to BMC’s management that, in order to maintain sales volumes, the company would have to produce […]

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Essay : Not their finest hour – AEC-Leyland 740/800 series V8 diesel

Essay : Not their finest hour – AEC-Leyland 740/800 series V8 diesel

Mike Humble They say that jealousy is never the best policy for politics, a point proven when a well known former Labour Chancellor of the Exchequer was quoted as saying ‘we will tax the rich until the pips squeak‘. The internal politics within British Leyland have always been well documented. The Longbridge management loathed their opposite numbers at Cowley and the Triumph staff […]

Best of British : Gardner 6LX diesel engine

Best of British : Gardner 6LX diesel engine

Mike Humble Ask many a seasoned truck or bus engineer the simple question ‘who made the best large diesel engine?’ and more than likely the answer without delay would be Gardner. Most of you out there in reader-land will claim not to have had any experience with such engines, some may not even know who […]

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Essays : The 500-Series – Leyland loses its head!

Essays : The 500-Series – Leyland loses its head!

The 500 Series diesel cost Leyland a packet – and not just in development costs. Mike Humble tells the story of this ‘interesting’ engine Fixed head asset CONTRARY to modern day belief, Leyland Truck and Bus was once a formidable force on a truly global scale with British trucks and buses operating in all four […]

Engines : Powertrain 2000-2005

Engines : Powertrain 2000-2005

POWERTRAIN Limited was a very busy company between 2000 and 2005 – Keith Adams explains how it was working on an exciting range of developments which would have modernised MG Rover’s engine line-up and powered that company’s cars confidently into the future… A new range of petrol and diesel engines featured some very exciting technology […]

Engines : Powertrain in the 1990s

Engines : Powertrain in the 1990s

During the 1990s, the sum total of new Powertrain engine launches wasn’t that great – new Land Rover diesels and the KV6-series seem to be about the sum of it… …to the casual observer, anyway. However there was a lot more than that going on behind the scenes – did you know that the KV6-series […]

Engines : Powertrain and the Iranians

Engines : Powertrain and the Iranians

After extracting Powertrain from BMW in 2005, MG Rover set about turning the operation into a stand-alone business, supplying K-Series engines, and development expertise to motor manufacturers who needed the assistance. MG Rover’s brief flirtation with the Iranian company, SAIPA, during 2003 to 2005 was a clear indication that its management knew that in order […]

Engines : Jaguar AJ-V8

Engines : Jaguar AJ-V8

Taking Jaguar forward into the 21st century inevitably meant weaning it off its love affair with the straight-six, and taking the company in a whole new V8-powered direction. The AJV8 engine was the result of this radical thinking. Ralph Hosier tells the story of its birth… A change in direction… THERE WAS a time when […]

Engines : Rover SD1 Six

Engines : Rover SD1 Six

Although it has received a bit rap in the trade thanks to its well-documented problems, the SD1 Six is a very capable engine. However, it could have been so much more had it been given the start it so richly deserved. On its 30th birthday, Robert Leitch casts an analytical eye over this oft-maligned engine […]

Engines : S-Series

Engines : S-Series

Another evolution of the E-Series engine, ARG’s S-Series emerged capable and strong, and proved a remarkably capable mid-range power plant after a false start with the R-Series ‘hybrid’. Mike Humble tells the story of an engine killed before its time. The forgotten mid-sized engine Launched in 1984, Austin Rover’s new S-Series engine first saw the […]

Engines : O-Series Turbo, take one

Engines : O-Series Turbo, take one

Whatever your opinions are of the styling and overall packaging of the MG Maestro and Montego Turbo, there’s no denying that they remain revered to this day for their scintillating acceleration and mid-range torque. However, we could have seen the engine a whole lot earlier had it not been for a strange turn of events. […]

Engines : O-Series

Engines : O-Series

The O-Series was designed to act as the company’s mid-range engine mainstay for the late 1970s and beyond. If at first you don’t succeed… The formation of Austin-Morris from the ashes of BMC in 1969 allowed BLMC’s product planners to focus on the demands of the middle market, without worrying too much about the more […]

Engines : M and T-Series

Engines : M and T-Series

History will record it as the Rover 800 engine, but Rover’s mid 1980s twin-cam four acted out a diverse range of roles, and proved the soundness of its basic design by its ready adaptability when faced with unpredicted emissions legislation. Robert Leitch tells its story… Anchored down in Anchorage THERE was surely no more significant […]

Engines : K-Series

Engines : K-Series

In taking over from the venerable A-series, Rover’s hi-tech new engine had a hard act to follow. However, it went on to earn itself an enviable reputation for fragility in both four- and six-cylinder forms. KEITH ADAMS discusses this controversial engine… The light fantastic HOW to replace the irreplaceable A-series engine? Build a light, powerful […]

Engines : C-Series

Engines : C-Series

The C-Series engine was the shortest lived out of the triumvirate of BMC engines, and has since gained infamy for being the motive power behind of the MGC and Austin 3-Litre. Sadly, it’s been underrated ever since – unless you’re a Healey owner. Words: Tony Cooke Unloved, but not unworthy THE C-Series engine was the […]

Engines : B-Series

Engines : B-Series

The B-Series engine started out as a humble 1.2-litre unit that powered the Austin A40 Devon. Over time, it was developed – and developed – and developed. Middle-market mainstay After the end of World War II, Austin and Morris continued to rely on pre-war engines for their mid-range family cars. Out of the two companies, […]

Engines : A-Series

Engines : A-Series

The A-series engine did service in a variety of cars for almost 50 years, during which time it was available in a bewildering variety of capacities and states of tune. A hard act to follow The A-Series engine was certainly a case of the ‘British Curate’s egg’ – good in places. In fact, that is […]

Essay : K-series – what makes it tick?

Essay : K-series – what makes it tick?

THE K-Series engine has a long history of problems – but people forget it was was world beating engine in terms of efficiency when it was launched. In an article originally published on the Sands Mechanical Museum website, SIMON ERLAND takes the lid off the K-Series and sees what makes it tick. King K History […]

Essay : K-series – myths and facts

Essay : K-series – myths and facts

THE K-Series engine could have been the best thing since sliced bread – and in many ways it still is. But a lot of half truths and downright lies are spouted about this engine – and our ex-ARG man-in-the-trade and Mike Humble thinks it’s time to put the record straight. FAQ PDQ QED… Q Was […]