Stung by the success of MG in all kinds of motor racing, Austin started a factory racing team. The first design resembled a miniature Campbell's Bluebird.
The supercharged engine and transmission were fitted in a new frame and a body similar to American sprint cars – then fashionable. The car was light at only 8 1⁄2 cwt (431kg) and made its debut in 1934.
Two further cars were built in 1935. One crashed at Brooklands in 1937, when lady driver Kay Petre was tipped into a spin by Parnell's MG, and effectively ended her racing career. The car displayed is the survivor, a sprint car driven by Bert Hadley.