Mini Cooper Racing History and Photo Gallery

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Mini Turns 50 #8211; History and Photo Gallery

Alec Issigonis was requested by Motor Corporation (BMC) in 1956 to develop an economical but fully-fledged small car with seats, it quickly became that this new model be truly innovative and, revolutionary in every respect.

drive, extremely short overhangs, a wide track, a low of gravity, optimum use of space and low were defined right the start as elementary features of the new

Looking at the first drawings of the new car by his partner and friend Alec sports car wizard John noticed yet another significant right from the beginning: He that this ingenious for an economical compact car also the ideal starting point for a promising sports model, out on the process of tuning the Mini before the car had entered the market.

This set the starting point for an story of success in motorsport, connecting the name John with the sporting myth of the to this very day. victories in the Monte Carlo are just as much part of common history as the successful cars proudly bearing the Cooper.

Racing pioneer Cooper teaches Mini how to win

in Surrey in 1923, John was one of the most outstanding celebrities in motorsport – both as a driver even more so, as a constructor.

with his father he established the Car Company in 1946, the two enthusiasts out with the construction of racing first for Formula 3, later for Formula 1. Through their of a mid-engined sports car Charles and Cooper set a truly revolutionary in the entire world of motorsport in Cooper racing cars both the Constructor’s and Driver’s in the World Formula 1 Championship in and 1960, for the first time in the of motorsport with the engine in the middle. And with this proving its success so convincingly, it is no that soon all cars in 1 came with a mid-mounted

John Cooper and Alec became close friends in the of time after meeting and against one another at numerous There were also ties between the two enthusiasts, the Cooper Car Company buying from BMC.

When it to the Mini, however, the sporting of the two constructors were very Issigonis was looking above all at the car for everyday motoring, Cooper was by the sporting potential of this and nimble performer. So back in the very first year of the he sent his driver Roy Salvadori to in the very first Mini , a special one-off model specifically for this purpose. And this new sports car immediately its qualities on the way to Monza, Salvadori the distance more than an faster than his colleague Reg – who just happened to be driving an Martin DB4.

Motivated by initial success in the Monte Carlo Rally, suggested building a GT model on the Mini. And despite Issigonis’ sceptical opinion at least to with, George Harriman, the Executive Officer of BMC, decided to build a small of 1,000 Mini Coopers a 55-hp power unit, is 21 extra horsepower made by far-reaching modifications of the engine.

The Mini Cooper’s top speed was 130 km/h or 80 mph. The car’s ratios were adjusted to the potential of the engine and disc on the front wheels ensured stopping power.

Soon was also thrilled by the results of efforts. So joining forces John Cooper, he quickly working on the next engine increasing engine bore to the limit on the Mini Cooper S: At cc, engine capacity remained the mark of 1,100 cc applicable in the class of motorsport seen as the with the engine revving up to speeds. Maximum output was 70 hp at rpm, maximum engine was 7,200 rpm.

This version was again with new brakes, braking being boosted by a brake

1964–1967: Golden Years in the Carlo Rally

This set the for sensational success in motorsport, the Cooper S hitting the headlines in Carlo for the first time in With Finnish driver Aaltonen at the wheel, this but highly nimble performer left behind a whole of far more powerful Goliaths. But three kilometres away home, Aaltonen, leading the at the time, misjudged a bend and the Rally with a rollover.

a year later, however, made up for this misfortune, home class victory in the Cooper S and finishing third

Hopkirk and Liddon taking the trophy at 1964 Rallye Carlo

But even more – and even – was still to come: Entering the rally winter, the Mini S was simply oozing power in with its predecessor. So in a spectacular Paddy Hopkirk brought first place overall in the Carlo Rally, the small becoming a legend in motorsport overnight.

A year later racer Timo Mäkinen his co-pilot Paul Easter the same triumphant victory, the finish line after of kilometres as the only driver one single penalty point – the worst weather imaginable. only 35 out of 237 cars entered in the were able to finish the that year, among no less than three Cooper S.

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