Mini ERA Turbo

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - 10 Quirky Mini Conversions -

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.

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