Real estate brand and entrepreneur Mike Pero has got in behind a small team of Kiwi enthusiasts to take on the World in a world speed record attempt and to get a 1964 Mini to 175 mph (281km/h) at Bonneville Speed Week in early August.
“We really appreciate the support from Mike Pero and MINI. These two sponsors will allow us to achieve our goal to film the story of this very unlikely machine doing remarkable things.” said Guy Griffith, team co-founder.
A film crew will travel with the team to capture the story and their attempt to break their own record (set in 2012) at this year’s Bonneville Speed Week on the iconic Salt Flats in Utah, USA. [Edit: Since this announcement and the postponement of the 2015 Speed Week event we are no longer able to take a professional film crew with us to Bonneville in 2016] The documentary is scheduled to show on SKY in September 2015.
The 1964 Mini Cooper S made a last minute trip to Auckland this week to be loaded onboard an air freighter to Los Angeles.
Development of the car has taken longer than expected due the need to specially design and create parts for their highly tuned racing engines.
Engineer Bryan Hartley is especially pleased with the engine, made up of Classic Mini gearbox, transmission, and block, plus a BMW motorcycle head, and turbocharger, saying it is the smoothest running 4 cylinder motor he’s ever had on his Dyno. In addition to being smooth there’s a massive increase in power from 284 to 350HP.
It is very fitting that Mike Pero should be involved with this record breaking team as he holds the New Zealand land speed record for a 350cc motorcycle, achieving 239km/h on a Yamaha TZ350 Grand Prix Machine in Christchurch in 1979.
“We’re very proud to be part of this project. I think its a ‘Kiwi thing’ wanting to break speed barriers on equipment that’s built right here down-under. This challenge is not too different to Burt Munro’s Indian speed record and has synergies with many other Kiwi motor-sporting successes. I believe these guys have every chance of setting a new world record” said Mike Pero.
MINI of course are another perfect partner for this little powerhouse with modern MINI carrying on the sporting traditions established by cars just like this 51 year old Mini Cooper S.
“The Project 64 team is infectious with their excitement, enthusiasm and commitment to this adventure, which are all sentiments that guide MINI’s brand ethos,” said MINI Marketing Manager, Simonne Mearns. “We are amped to be onboard for the ride and wish them all the best in achieving their goal and beating their record.”
Mike Pero Real Estate and MINI join the Project ’64 team’s other major sponsors, Total Oil, Maersk Line, and Talley’s Group plus a host of small New Zealand, UK and US companies to support their second trip to Bonneville Speed Week.
The team are scheduled to run each day on the Bonneville Salt Flats from the 8th to the 14 of August. They are aiming to break their own record of 146.6mph (235.9km/h) and hope to set a record well over their (unofficial) recorded top speed of 161mph (259km/h). The previous record in this class was 131mph (210km/h) and the previous fastest Mini record was 121mph (195km/h).
Bonneville Speed Week 2012 Record Holder at 146.6mph (235.9km/h)
Top official recorded speed: 156mph (251km/h) average over mile 3.
Driver: Nelson Hartley
CLASS: I/BGCC (under 1000cc turbo or supercharged petrol competition coupe)
BODY: 1964 Mk1 Mini Cooper S. External changes were minimal – a new grille was made to duct air into the intercooler, one front indicator became a duct for driver ventilation, a vertical front air-dam was added and the underside of the Mini was clad in aluminium sheet to improve airflow.
ENGINE: A-Series 970 Cooper S spec engine with BMW K1200 motorcycle cylinder head, four-bolt main bearing caps, Specialist Components con rods, Ross forged pistons, specially developed Heritage Garage/Marine Crankshafts crankshaft, inter-cooled IHI turbo. Full engine management. 10000 max rpm.
350hp on pump fuel at the flywheel. Standard fuel tank but uprated fuel filter and pumps. Radiator replaced with a 70 litre ice cooled water tank in passenger cell.
TRANSMISSION: Straight-cut gearbox with tall final drive ratio.
SUSPENSION: Hi-Lo adjustable suspension and uprated dampers.
BRAKES: Non-servo-assisted setup. Discs up front, drums rear.
WHEELS AND TYRES: 12-inch steel wheels with home-made moon discs, Yokohama A048 165/55×12 tyres – 150mph speed rated tyres shaved to increase speed rating to 180mph. INTERIOR: Stripped with Bonneville-spec rollcage, built-in fire extinguisher system. Standard battery position. GPS tracking equipment.
For more information speak to:
+64 21 149 7047 email@example.com
Or Simonne Mearns
+64 21 289 6464 firstname.lastname@example.org
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17 August 2015 P64 PR MP WFMini 170615