WES­LAKE’S GREAT­EST MO­MENTS

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Feature -

SS100 (JAGUAR)

Harry Wes­lake worked with Wil­liam Hayes – later to be­come Jaguar’s chief en­gi­neer – to de­sign a cylin­der head for the SS100’s Stan­dard en­gine, boost­ing its power from 70bhp to over 100bhp. Wil­liam Lyons was im­pressed…

AUSTIN A40 DEVON

While it was hardly the most stim­u­lat­ing of cars to drive – it had just 40bhp on tap – the Austin A40 Devon ben­e­fit­ted from Harry’s prow­ess, with its heart-shaped cylin­der head im­prov­ing com­bus­tion and there­fore ef­fi­ciency.

AUSTIN-HEALEY 100S

Harry’s work on the Austin A90 en­gine was used to good ef­fect when it was in­stalled in the Austin Healey 100/4. He then de­vel­oped a cross­flow cylin­der head for the 100S, which pro­duced 139bhp and raced at Le Mans in 1955.

ROVER BRM GAS TUR­BINE

A tie-up with BRM ini­ti­ated a pro­gramme look­ing into high speed com­bus­tion for Shell Re­search. This led to the BRM-Rover gas tur­bine car that raced at Le Mans, with chas­sis and trans­mis­sion blue­prints com­ing from Rye in Jan­uary 1963.

MINI COOPER S

The magic that Harry Wes­lake worked on the cylin­der heads of the works Mini Cooper 1275S was in­stru­men­tal in help­ing the cars to con­sid­er­able suc­cess in the Monte Carlo ral­lies as well as many other events world­wide.

FORD CAPRI RS2600

Wes­lake car­ried out vol­ume pro­duc­tion of V6 en­gines for Ford’s Capri RS2600 at its works in Cologne, Ger­many, be­tween 1970 and 1976. Around 500 were as­sem­bled be­tween 1970 and 1976 be­fore the fuel cri­sis hit.

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