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
Weight 640 Kg
Length 3086 mm
Height 1327 mm
Wheelbase 2032 mm
Front Track 1232 mm
Rear Track 1168 mm
Ground Clearance n/a
Fuel Capacity 25 liters
Engine location front
Engine alignment transverse
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
CO2 Emissions n/a
Engine Coolant water
Displacement 998 cc
Bore 64 mm
Stroke 76 mm
Cam Design OHV - Overhead Valves
Cylinders 4 INLINE
Valves per cylinder 2
Total Valves 8
Compression Ratio 9:1
Aspiration Normal
Front Brakes Di
Rear Brakes Dr
Standard Wheels n/a
Standard Tyres Dunlop SP41 145-10 / Dunlop SP41 145-10
Suspension Front I.W.RS.
Suspension Rear I.TA.RS.
Transmission manual
Number of gears 4
Acceleration 0-100 Km/h n/a
Acceleration 80-120 Km/h n/a
Top Speed n/a
City 18.8 l/100km
Road 9.6 l/100km
Mixt 12.9 l/100km