The Mini Cooper S: Keep Rocking The Road

The year 1963 saw the debut of the more powerful Mini Cooper ‘S’. Its features included a 1071 cc engine with a 70.61 mm bore, nitrided steel crankshaft with a strengthened bottom to allow further tuning and larger servo-assisted disc brakes. The model was upgraded in August 1964. By this time 4030 Cooper S cars had already been sold.

Two more Cooper ‘S’ cars were produced specifically for circuit racing. They were specifically made for the under 1000 cc and under 1300 cc classes respectively. Both the cars were rated at 970 cc (59 cu in) and 1275 cc (77.8 cu in). Each had a 70.61 mm (2780 in) bore. The cars were made available to the public. Only 963 units of the smaller engine model were built. It was not received well by the public and had to be discontinued in 1965. The 1275 cc Cooper ‘S’ models continued production till 1971.

Mini Cooper Sales figures

The following are the reported sales figures of the different variants of the Mini Cooper:

- 64,000 units of Mark I Coopers with either 997 cc or 998 cc engines;

- 19,000 units of Mark I Cooper ‘S’ with either 970cc, 1071 cc or 1275 cc engines;

- 16,000 units of Mark II Coopers with 998 cc engines;

- 6,300 units of Mark II Cooper ‘S’ with 1275 cc engines;

- 1,570 units of Mark III Cooper ‘S’.

Minis in the rally

The Monte Carlo Rally in 1964, 1965 and 1967 was won by the Mini Cooper ‘S’. It also attained 1st, 2nd and 3rd positions in the 1966 rally before getting disqualified by the French judges due to a controversy. The controversy revolved around the use of a variable resistance headlamp dimming circuit instead of a dual-filament lamp. However, the Citro?n DS, which escaped disqualification and eventually went to the first place, had illegal white headlamps. The controversy saw the driver of the Citro?n DS vowing never to race for them again. The whole controversy gave BMC possibly more publicity than they could have got from a victory.

Photo Gallery of The Mini Cooper S

Recent reviews and test drives from the world

McLaren may terminate production of the MP4-12C

Although McLaren have insisted that their new model 650S , presented at the Geneva Motor Show , would join its line not as a substitute for the MP4-12C, there is little room for coexistence.

Sales Down paralyze production Viper

The Chrysler Group said it temporarily paralyze the Conner Avenue assembly plant in Detroit (Michigan, USA), which produces the SRT Viper sports.

Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Wagon test now

Mercedes-Benz took the new C63 AMG Wagon for its first external tests. Our spies caught him the van high performance running in the Swedish winter, now not so strict, given the proximity of the arrival of spring in the northern hemisphere.

Volkswagen will show T-ROC concept in Geneva

Volkswagen to showcase its new concept T-ROC during the Geneva Motor Show, which takes place the first week of March in Switzerland.

BMW X4 circulates almost undisguised

BMW is in the final stages for the launch of X4. The brand new crossover will be positioned between the X3 and X5 SUVs, being a kind of "little brother" of the pioneer X6.

Brazil has 42 of the world's most lethal transit

The Institute for Transportation Research at the University of Michigan released a study entitled "Mortality in traffic accidents in 193 countries: a comparison with other causes of death." In the material, are disclosed various data relating to insecurity in traffic.

Audi launches S1 and S1 Sportback 2014

Available in two versions, three and five doors, the top line of the A1 versions have a slightly more aggressive bodywork, especially the bumpers and side skirts more favored, along with a rear spoiler and four exhaust outlets.

Honda Vision display concept XS-1

Honda showed on Wednesday (5) Vision XS-1 concept at the New Delhi. The model is inspired by the concept M / M developed by Japanese automaker (Man Maximum, Machine Minimum), who preaches to maximize the space available for people.

Bugatti Veyron original concept show in Paris

The Bugatti will show for the first time since 1999 the Veyron concept, a model that gave rise to the production version of one of the most popular super sports of all time. The concept will be displayed at R?tromobile, old event which will take place in Paris.

Volkswagen Tiguan presents Cityscape

Volkswagen showed the Tiguan version of Cityscape utility in Europe. Taken as a model to address the "urban jungle" daily, it is already on sale and in Germany, has starting price set at 32,450 euros.

Toyota promises innovations for the next Prius

Toyota sees many innovations for the next generation Prius, due for release in 2015. According to the Automotive News website, the Japanese automaker promises an avant-garde style in design, technology and production.