The revival of the Mini Cooper
There are few cars that are more iconic than the Mini Cooper. It is one of those cars that people recognize as soon as they see it. The original Mini was designed to be little more than an efficient way to get around. It was turned into a sports car which proved popular for years before going out of production. In 2001 the car returned to the road when BMW revived the brand.
The Mini Cooper has a long history that goes back more than fifty years. The Mini first appeared in the late fifties when the Suez crisis resulted in high gas prices and everybody was looking for an inexpensive car. The main reason that most people bought the first Minis was that they were very fuel efficient. It did not take long however for people to realize that these cars could also be made to perform well because there small size and excellent balance resulted in excellent handling. One of the people who realized this was race car builder John Cooper.
The first Mini Coopers were produced for the race track; it did not take long however for people to decide that they made a great low cost sports car. The result was that there was a market for them as road cars and Cooper started building cars for this purpose. They sold well however the constant change of ownership of the Mini brand made producing them difficult. Eventually by the eighties it was no longer profitable for Cooper to produce the cars so he stopped doing so.
In 2001 BMW brought the Mini back, although the new car actually had nothing in common with the old one. As would be expected BMW built a car that was much more sophisticated technically than anything that Mini had built as its own brand. Nevertheless it did not take long before people came to realize that the new Mini made just as good a sports car as the old one. The result was that BMW introduced one and named it after John Cooper who had originally created the idea of turning the Mini into a race car.
The Mini Cooper that is currently produced is in fact a very impressive sports car. The Mini is a well built car that handles very well to start with. On the Mini Cooper this has been improved by having the suspension set stiffer. In addition a much more powerful engine has been added to the car so that it produces more than two hundred horse power, quite a lot for a car that is so small. The Mini Cooper has proved to be very popular both as a race car and as a sports car. It is a fitting tribute to John Cooper and the car that he created way back in the sixties.