The MINI Cooper

Munich. For automotive fans with primer skills, the
premises in a London suburb of Surbiton contingency have been a paradise.
Scrap steel everywhere, automobile parts, tyres and a dedicated father
screwing on cars and bikes in a garage. And in a center of it, a
certain John Cooper, who total a basement for an unusual career
as an operative of racing cars right there immediately after a finish of
a Second World War. To this day, his name is not usually associated
with good successes in Formula One, though also with a particularly
sporty models of a MINI brand. It was interjection to John Cooper’s
joining that a some-more absolute indication various of a revolutionary
tiny automobile came onto a marketplace usually dual years after a classical Mini
was introduced in 1959. The Mini Cooper immediately tender with its
energetic energy smoothness and high agility. Even 60 years later, the
names of a tradition-steeped British automobile manufacturer and the
mythological sports automobile operative are remarkably mostly mentioned in the
same context when it comes to limit pushing fun with minimal
outmost dimensions.

The basement for this tie is a truly authentic sporting spirit.
In Great Britain, a enterprise to foe reawakened shortly after a finish of
a war. All over a country, outlines were noted out and competitions
held. John Cooper had a talent and aspiration to make his symbol on this
scene. He was usually 23 years aged when he and his father Charles founded
a Cooper Car Company in 1946, that shortly grown and built
successful Formula 3 and Formula 2 racing cars. The son’s inventive
suggestion culminated in a construction of a new form of Formula 1
racing automobile in that a engine did not work in front of a driver, as
was prevalent during a time, though behind him. Cooper distinguished his first
victories with it in 1958. In 1959 and 1960, Jack Brabham even became
universe champion on Cooper. And a insubordinate mid-engine principle
determined itself henceforth in Grand Prix racing. Cooper’s team
remained active in Formula 1 until a finish of a 1960s. Among the
many famous pilots, besides Jack Brabham, were Sir Stirling Moss,
Bruce McLaren and Jochen Rindt.

While his groundbreaking Formula 1 racing cars have prolonged been
history, John Cooper’s change on a sporting pushing knowledge in
prolongation vehicles lives on until today. In this field, too, it all
began with a insubordinate design. While John Cooper was bustling making
his symbol on regulation racing, operative Alec Issigonis had grown a
new tiny automobile for a British Motor Corporation. With an exterior
length of usually over 3 metres, a classical Mini offering an
startling volume of space for 4 passengers and their luggage.
Issigonis had organised a engine transversely during a front, with the
gearbox directly below. Wheels positioned distant out and brief overhangs
did a rest. With a transversely positioned four-cylinder engine
and front-wheel drive, a classical Mini supposing a basement for a
pattern for tiny and compress cars that was totally new during a time
and is still in use today.

The classical Mini started with an engine outlay of 34 hp, though it was
light and exhibited strikingly flexible cornering opening interjection to
front-wheel drive, a far-reaching lane and a torsionally firm body. While
Issigonis essentially had a low-priced and careful automobile for
everybody in mind, John Cooper immediately recognized a sporting
intensity of a classical Mini. The dual inventive engineers had already
met during corner racing activities, after also cultivated business
family and grown an insinuate loyalty over time.
Nevertheless, it took a lot of warning to lift a sporting
suggestion of a classical Mini. With a blessing of a BMC
management, John Cooper therefore primarily had a tiny array of
1,000 vehicles built, whose mutated engine, stretched in displacement
to usually underneath 1.0 litres, generated 55 hp, that was adequate for a top
speed of 135 km/h. Cooper also supposing a closer-ratio gearbox, a
better-guided rigging lever, front brakes on a front wheels and wider
tyres. In addition, a roof was colour-contrasted and a interior
was two-tone. Thus, a initial Mini Cooper came onto a marketplace in
Sep 1961.

The reactions were overjoyed and left usually one wish unfulfilled: even
some-more power. Cooper and Issigonis, who had spin assured of the
sporting talent of a classical Mini, increasing a engine ability to
1071 cubic centimetres. This increasing a outlay to 70 hp. The
framework record supposing another critical boost for a classic
Mini’s sporting career: Issigonis had also damaged new belligerent in the
areas of steering and circle suspension, so laying a substructure for
a go-kart feeling that is still famous today. Homokinetic universal
joints reduced a change of a expostulate on a steering, a subframe
to that a back wheels were also trustworthy softened directional
stability, a rubber cessation and tiny telescopic startle absorbers
ensured excellent response and on-going open action.

The Mini Cooper was immediately successful on racetracks and rally
tracks. It became a fable with a appearances during a Monte Carlo
Rally. In 1963, a Finn Rauno Aaltonen achieved a initial class
victory. In further to trophies, a Mini Cooper gained some-more and more
recognition year after year during a appearances. Its success in
foe with countless most incomparable and some-more absolute rivals done it
a favourite with a public. The acclaimed highlights were a overall
victories achieved with a Mini Cooper S during a Monte Carlo Rally in
1964, 1965 and 1967. Only thereafter did a convene career of a classic
Mini pull to a close.

On a road, a Mini Cooper anxious a fans from 1961 to 1971,
during that time a indication nomination became synonymous with
ardent pushing fun. The name John Cooper remained consistently
benefaction among fans of a classical Mini. The tuning kits grown by
Cooper for Mini prolongation vehicles met with good direct in a 1970s
and 1980s. In 1990, a Mini Cooper returned to a indication range. The
1.3-litre four-cylinder engine with primarily 61 hp now worked under
a brief bonnet. Thus, fans once again cowed a hairpin bends
and serpentines of this universe with an flexible and sporty Mini Cooper.
This chronicle with 63 hp was built until autumn 2000. The inheritor was
already prepared for take-off during that time.

The takeover of a Rover Group by BMW during a commencement of 1994
non-stop adult totally new perspectives for a MINI brand. At the
International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt in 1997, a investigate of a
MINI Cooper was presented, that offering a awaiting of a new edition
of a singular British tiny car. As a complicated interpretation of the
normal automobile concept, it total a classical values of its
prototype with a mandate of a complicated automobile on the
threshold of a 21st century. Thus, in 2001, a new MINI saw the
streetlight of a world.

The new MINI was bigger, chicer, some-more charming and, of course,
technically adult to date. And it also eliminated a standard go-kart
feeling of a classical Mini into a complicated era. At a same time, the
MINI constructed in Oxford, England, presented itself as a first
reward automobile in a tiny automobile segment. Unlike a classical one, the
MINI Cooper was now immediately partial of a starting line-up. With a
limit outlay of 85 kW/115 hp, it lived adult to a name. Engine and
framework pattern immediately shaped a agreeable fondness for maximum
pushing pleasure. The four-cylinder engine, once again mounted
transversely during a front, now had a banishment of 1.6 litres. Its
energy enabled a MINI Cooper to scurry from delay to 100 km/h in
9.2 seconds and to strech a tip speed of 197 km/h. The high-quality
framework record of a MINI Cooper enclosed McPherson struts on the
front axle, spindle shafts of equal length and a multi-link back axle
singular in a tiny automobile segment, front brakes on all 4 wheels as
good as a DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) pushing fortitude system.

The enterprise for even some-more energy was also over with a modern
MINI. The 120 kW/163 hp MINI Cooper S followed as early as autumn 2001.

In Nov 2006, a new book of a complicated MINI was launched
with an evolutionary pattern growth and a elemental technical
overhaul. “From a Original to a Original”, a MINI’s
visible appearance, that has perceived a top outlines of approval,
was polished in countless details, that in sole emphasised the
sporting virtues of a compress bend artist even some-more clearly. The
MINI Cooper with 88 kW/120 hp and a MINI Cooper S with 128 kW/175
hp, that were accessible during a time of their marketplace launch,
immediately tender with their extended opening and
significantly reduced fuel expenditure and emissions. Two years later,
a sporty characteristics of a Mini Cooper could also be experienced
for a initial time with a rarely fit diesel engine. In a MINI
Cooper D, 81 kW/110 hp, and in a Mini Cooper SD, that was
introduced shortly afterwards, 125 kW/170 hp supposing a absolute drive.

When building a complicated MINI around a spin of a millennium,
Mike Cooper had already brought a expertise collected in his family
into a project. John Cooper’s son was sexually committed to
quite sporty versions of a MINI. In a following years, the
tradition-steeped tie became even closer. At a commencement of
2007, a BMW Group acquired a code rights of John Cooper Garages.
As a outcome of this arrangement, a John Cooper Works code has been
an executive partial of a MINI code given 2008. Since then, the
intensely sporty John Cooper Works models have represented a maximum
energy and opening that can be gifted in a MINI.

Even in a stream indication generation, a MINI Cooper is a epitome
of an additional apportionment of pushing fun, that is now realised in a wide
accumulation of forms. With a three-cylinder petrol engine underneath the
bonnet, it now produces 100 kW/136 hp. In addition, a Cooper name is
anchored in a whole operation of a stream indication programme. The
brand’s initial all-electric indication is called a MINI Cooper SE (power
expenditure combined: 17.6 – 15.2 kWh/100 km according to WLTP; CO2
emissions combined: 0 g/km). Powered by a 135 kW/184 hp electric
motor, it combines tolerable mobility with evil driving
pleasure, fluent pattern and reward quality. On a other side of
a spectrum is a new MINI John Cooper Works GP (fuel consumption
combined: 7.3 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 167 g/km according to
WLTP). It is powered by a 225 kW/306 hp four-cylinder turbo engine,
creation it a fastest MINI ever purebred for a road. Whether
locally emission-free in bland civic trade or with the
enthusiastic titillate to take to a racetrack: each MINI with the
Cooper name in a indication nomination carries a singular British
sporting suggestion of an organisation that has existed for 60 years.



In box of queries, greatfully contact:

Corporate Communications

Julian Kisch, Press Spokesperson Product Communications MINI
Tel.: +49-89-382-38072
E-mail: [email protected]

Andreas Lampka, Head of Communications MINI
Tel.: +49-89-382-23662
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Jennifer Treiber-Ruckenbrod, Head of Communications MINI and BMW Motorrad
Tel.: +49-89-382-35108
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