28/01/2021

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Mini delivers Paddy Hopkirk Edition car the man it was named after

Mini has presented rally racing legend Patrick “Paddy” Hopkirk just one of the very first...

Mini has presented rally racing legend Patrick “Paddy” Hopkirk just one of the very first distinctive version Cooper S styles encouraged by his thrilling victory at the 1964 Rally Monte Carlo. The Paddy Hopkirk Constrained Edition has a creation operate of just a hundred units in the U.K., with “a several hundred” additional coming to the U.S.

Fifty-6 many years back, the first Morris Mini Cooper S accomplished the unthinkable with Hopkirk and navigator Henry Liddon powering the wheel of a Mk I. It gained the Rally Monte Carlo all round. The race snaked via the French Alps and finished with laps around the Monaco Grand Prix circuit, but the Mini’s nimbleness and little dimension and proved to be positive aspects in the snowy and slender mountain streets. It was a remarkable feat in opposition to additional strong competitors from Mercedes-Benz, Saab, Volvo, Citroën and Ford’s V8 Falcon.

Hopkirk phone calls it a “David and Goliath” victory, specifically with the revenue other automakers had been spending on the function. “We had been beaten by the major American vehicles down the straights, but we would defeat them on the twisty bits!” he reminisced on taking supply.

The Paddy Hopkirk Constrained Edition sees no performance updates, preserving the turbocharged, 2.-liter 4-cylinder able of 189 horsepower and 207 pound-ft of torque. Both 6-speed manuals and a seven-speed automatic are provided, but the detail that sets it apart are the Chili Purple and white roof colorway with the selection 37 on the doorways, a tribute to the profitable rally car’s livery. An offset white hood stripe with the code “33 EJB” in it hearkens again to Hopkirk’s car’s registration selection.

“I’m so flattered to have a Mini named in my honor.” Hopkirk mentioned on receiving the vehicle. “Motorsport is very long powering me now and for my get at the Monte Carlo Rally to be remembered in this way is a terrific thrill and honor.”