Thursday, August 18, 2016

Salute! 158mph in a '64 Mini.

The Nelson-based motorsport team running a 1964 Mini Cooper S at Bonneville Speed Week in Utah are celebrating success having claimed two world records.

The Project 64 team set the first record on tuning runs for the little Mini that has gained a great deal of attention at the iconic event. In the I/BGALT class they set a speed of 144.033mph (231.799kmh) on a 133.896mph (215.485kmh) record.

The team then switched classes to I/BFALT - a change from petrol to methanol - and on a tuning run for methanol broke the 140.458mph (226.045kmh) class record with a speed of 158.039mph (254.339kmh). They were unable to back this up due to a hose fault on their next run.

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