A group of Kiwi Mini Cooper enthusiasts are heading to the Bonneville Salt Flats in August to attempt a new world record for the World’s Fastest Mini.
The modified 1964 Morris Mini Cooper 970S, known as Project 64, already holds the record as the fastest car with an engine under 1000cc and the fastest A-series powered Mini. In 2012, the group took to the flats as part of Bonneville Speedweek, During that attempt, they achieved a maximum officially recorded speed of 146mph and an unofficial speed of 156 mph.
Further runs were cut short as they ran into some mechanical and handling problems. Now with “a little bit more gray hair,” the team is coming back with two new engines and some other reworked components for a new attempt. This time, they are hoping to achieve 350 horsepower and hit the 170mph mark.
Project co-founder Gary Orton says this is “unfinished business.” The team is working around the clock to get the car ready.
Here's the latest video put out by the group:
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