105 Adorable Mini Cooper Designs

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The Mini’s potential was evident to many, but with a lead designer who still remained skeptical, the undersized Mini risked falling by the wayside in racing. John watched over Issigonis’s shoulder throughout the Mini’s design stage. The Cooper Car Company was familiar with the Mini’s proposed A series engine, having used it to power their Formula Junior and Formula 3 open wheeled race vehicles, so that they recognized what it was capable of when matched with an appropriate chassis. The rubber cone suspension had already proved its worth, and once matched with the power to properly stop and go, the Mini was quick to impress. In Sept, the BMC announced the release of the Mini Cooper in conjunction with the Cooper Car Company, and shortly after, Stuart Turner took over as the manager races to direct the prestigous group of mechanics. The new Mini Cooper made its debut at the 1961 Monte Carlo Rally, but regrettably, while running in second overall, Rauno Aaltonen rolled his Works Mini.

Throughout the Mini's design process, decisions were made solely out of utility. Issigonis attested that the Mini was an automobile simply meant to transport people along city streets in a safe and enjoyable manner, however it did not stop racers from taking the light-weight touring car out on British road courses. Its cute demeanor and small 850cc engine were not quite what one might expect in competition, but the same small stature and attitude that lent to its efficiency gave the Mini an unmatched nimbleness in the corners. Famous racers, the likes of Bruce McLaren and Jack Brabham, had even adopted the Mini for race duty in their off time.

The Mini's potential was evident to many, but with a lead designer who still remained skeptical, the undersized Mini risked falling by the wayside in racing. John watched over Issigonis's shoulder throughout the Mini's design stage. The Cooper Car Company was familiar with the Mini's proposed A series engine, having used it to power their Formula Junior and Formula 3 open wheeled race vehicles, so that they recognized what it was capable of when matched with an appropriate chassis. The rubber cone suspension had already proved its worth, and once matched with the power to properly stop and go, the Mini was quick to impress. In Sept, the BMC announced the release of the Mini Cooper in conjunction with the Cooper Car Company, and shortly after, Stuart Turner took over as the manager races to direct the prestigous group of mechanics. The new Mini Cooper made its debut at the 1961 Monte Carlo Rally, but regrettably, while running in second overall, Rauno Aaltonen rolled his Works Mini.

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