Mini Cooper: A Head Turning Car
Birth of the Mini Cooper
John Cooper, owner of the Cooper Car Company and designer and builder of the Formula One had already seen the potential of the Mini for competition. His friend Issigonis was however not convinced. John Cooper appealed to the BMC management, convinced them. Finally in 1961 the Austin Mini Cooper and Morris Mini Cooper rolled out.
Dynamics of the Cooper
The Morris Mini-Minor had an 848 cc (51.7 cu in) engine. It was given a longer stroke to increase the engine capacity to 997 cc (60.8 cu in). This consequently increased its power from 34 to 55 bhp (25 to 41 kW). The car had a host of features which were first timers for a small car during that time- a racing tune engine, twin SU carburettors, and closer-ratio gearbox and front disc brakes.
For the Group 2 rally racing, 1000 units of this version were commissioned and designed to meet the homologation rules. In 1964, the 997 cc engine was replaced by a shorter stroke 998 cc unit. The British Saloon Car Championship saw the Mini Cooper driven by Rhodesian John Love, winning the same.
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Technical Characteristics of Mini Cooper
Technical Characteristics of 1965 Austin Mini Cooper produced by Austin (UK).
|Body Type||Saloon (sedan) 2 doors / 4 seats|
|Front Track||1232 mm|
|Rear Track||1168 mm|
|Fuel Capacity||25 liters|
|Drive Wheels||Front wheel drive|
|Steering||rack & pinion|
|Fuel Supply System||2 SU HS2 carburettors|
|Max Power||55HP (41 kW) @ 5800 rpm|
|Max Torque||77Nm @ 3000 rpm|
|Cam Design||OHV - Overhead Valves|
|Valves per cylinder||2|
|Standard Tyres||Dunlop SP41 145-10 / Dunlop SP41 145-10|
|Number of gears||4|
|Acceleration 0-100 Km/h||n/a|
|Acceleration 80-120 Km/h||n/a|