Someone asked the other day how much truth was there in our claim to being the World’s Fastest Mini?
We thought it was something that you be interested to hear too.
As far as we have been able to ascertain we are the fastest A-series powered Mini. The previous Bonneville record for fastest Classic Mini was 121mph or 195km/h. That was regarded as the World’s Fastest Mini at the time. It needs to be noted that both cars were running heavily modified versions of the A-series motor, as you’d expect from a race car, but they were still A-series motors with all their inherent challenges.
We have been recorded at 161mph top speed on our in car GPS equipment, 156mph average over 1 mile by Bonneville official timekeepers and of course hold the Bonneville I/BGCC class record at 146mph.
There are at least two other cars running classic Mini bodies that claim to be the World’s Fastest Mini but both are rear wheel drive V8 drag cars and are talking about their acceleration speed. They are beautifully prepared cars and extremely quick, and we certainly don’t want to diminish the effort that has gone into building these cars, but we feel pretty safe claiming that we’re more of an original Mini.
There are bound to be a huge number of very quick new MINIs given how technically advanced they are compared to classic Minis. The classic Minis currently being built to challenge our record (that we know of) are powered by modern Japanese engines.
It has always been a truthful statement from our point of view, plus it plays on The World’s Fastest Indian connection with Kiwis at Bonneville Speedway and the fact that Burt Munro’s grandson Rob Henderson was part of the team until he passed away.
Lastly, our 2012 record break story was featured in four specialist Mini magazines ( Mini Magazine, MiniWorld Magazine, MC2 Magazine and The BMC Experience). If anyone was going to know of a faster Mini it would have been them. Attached is an excerpt from MC2 Magazine about the previous Team Mini Mania, Inc. Mini record holder. I have a copy of an original 1986 article somewhere but can’t put my hands on it right now. We’ll post it when we find it.
Let us know what you think!