WESLAKE’S GREATEST MOMENTS
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.
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.