Oct 13, 2002 update to the Mini Cooper S project car

Baseline Testing our 2002 MINI

We did some baseline testing this past Friday, running several laps at Central Florida’s Ocala Gran Prix, a 6/10-mile kart track featuring speeds and turns much like those found at an autocross. In bone-stock, as-delivered condition, Per turned consistent 40-second laps in the Cooper S—about a full second quicker than some modified Porsches you’ll read about in our December issue. (Per drove the Porsches, too, and the conditions were similar.)

The brakes and power steering did start to go soft after about half a dozen laps, however, so they’ll be needing some attention, too. While the stock Goodyear run-flats are hard, they did prove to be consistent.

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