Mini ERA Turbo
In 1988, ERA set out to engineer a car to the highest automotive standards, and decided to use the Mini as a basis. Built with the intention of celebrating the car’s 30th birthday, this was a money-no-object exercise in performance engineering. Despite that, it was designed to use as many tried and tested standard Rover components as possible. This would explain why under the ex-Mini City body, beat the heart of an MG Metro engine, boosted by a Garrett T3 turbo. It developed a maximum power output of 64bhp at a giddying 6300rpm, and ERA claimed a 0-60mph time of 8.8 seconds, and a maximum speed of 110mph. This was pretty impressive stuff for a Mini, and thankfully its stiffened suspension and 13in wheels, shod with Goodyear NCTs was more than capable of harnessing it all. Price was also giddying at £12,000 – around twice the cost of the standard car. DID YOU KNOW? DENNIS ADAMS, OF MARCOS AND PROBE SPORTS CAR FAME, DESIGNED THE BODYKIT.