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Kiwi team return to Bonneville Speed Week with their record breaking 1964 Mini. The Kiwi land speed racing team that smashed records with a 1964 Mini Cooper S at Bonneville Speed Week in 2012 are returning to the Salt August 13th–19th. In 2012 the team broke the existing record in their class (131mph) with a new record of 146.6mph (235.9kph). This year they are aiming to break their own record by up to 30mph. These are phenomenal speeds for a 52 year old car that was originally designed as an economical city car. In 2012 the rookie team had a very steep learning curve. This year they return armed with experience and redesigned race motors built by team members Bryan and Nelson Hartley (father and brother of current FIA World Endurance Champion Brendon Hartley). The motors, based on a sub 1000cc classic Mini A-series motor have had a massive increase in power from 284 in 2012 to 330HP. The Mini Cooper 970S motor on which their engines are based produced 65BHP in its original form. The team will set out for Utah from Los Angeles on the 10th of August with their Mini in tow. Racing at the iconic Bonneville Speed week is every day from the 13th to the 19th of August. Approximately 550 teams are attending this year after the event was cancelled in 2014 and 2015. According to the Landspeed New Zealand Association there are at least five Kiwi teams attending Bonneville Speed Week this year, with 7 vehicles between them; Harris Family Racing (1932 Ford Roadster), Cook Motor Racing (Reg Cook’s diesel streamliner and Nissan coupe), Project 64 (1964 Mini Cooper S), Salt Brothers Racing (Corey Bertelsen’s two motorcycles) and WRT Racing (2011 Kawasaki ZX10R). The team will be reporting live from the Salt on the following social media platforms: Twitter: http://twitter.com/project64mini Facebook: http://ift.tt/2aFtArG Instagram: http://ift.tt/2atise3 And their website: project64mini.com
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