CLAS­SIC SPEED ON BON­NEVILLE SALT FLATS SMASH RECORDS

Kiwi Mini team break two – Re­nault’s Dauphine breaks one

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week -

Two separate land speed record projects fea­tur­ing clas­sic cars have taken to Bon­neville Salt Flats in Utah, USA – with a 1964 Mini Cooper tak­ing two records.

Both projects took to the salt dur­ing this year’s Bon­neville Speed Week, which was held on 13-19 Au­gust.

‘Project 64 Mini’, in­volved a New Zealand-based team trans­port­ing their 1964 Mini Cooper to Bon­neville to tackle three speed records.

It suc­cess­fully claimed two land speed records in­clud­ing break­ing a class record (run­ning on petrol) at a speed of 144.03mph as well as an­other class record (run­ning on methanol) at a speed of 156.006mph.

In ad­di­tion, an over­all top speed of 166.046mph was recorded dur­ing a qual­i­fy­ing but un­for­tu­nately an of­fi­cial at­tempt for this par­tic­u­lar class was not achiev­able due to engine fail­ure.

Con­di­tions-de­pen­dant, the tur­bocharged 970cc Mini is able to put out be­tween 370-400bhp. Team co-founder Mike Wil­son says: ‘ The mo­tor was de­signed in the 1950s. We’ve changed it by us­ing a BMW mo­tor­cy­cle engine head but even that is 30 years old and none of it is de­signed for this, but the com­bi­na­tion of parts and the bril­liance of the en­gi­neers in the team has re­sulted in these huge record mar­gins.’

Mean­while, both a Re­nault Dauphine and the Re­nault Etoile Fi­lante also ap­peared at this year’s Bon­neville Speed Week. The Re­nault ‘Etoile Fi­lante’, which trans­lates as ‘Shoot­ing Star’, re­turned to the same venue where six decades pre­vi­ously it clocked a speed of 192mph and claimed four speed records while do­ing so. It was joined by a Re­nault Dauphine driven by Re­nault For­mula E driver, and son of Alain Prost, Ni­co­las Prost, and suc­cess­fully set a new class record of 76.5mph. Gillian Car­moodie ] www.projec­t64mini.com

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