I took the Mini to Autocross this weekend

Body roll? What body roll?

The weather held up on Sunday, so I decided to take the Mini out to autocross again. I figured with the upcoming work I’ve got planned for this weekend, as long as I didn’t blow a hole in the block or roll it over, I’d be fine.

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Okay, enough jabbering. Here’s a video:

You can’t say I’m inconsiderate of the people behind me! I actually only ended up being about 10 seconds slower than an “average” time from the rest of the field, and 8.7 seconds behind the fastest HS car (a Fiesta ST, of course). Fastest overall time was 47.4 in a clownshoe BMW.

Also, I did carry passengers on a couple of my runs! The Mini weighs about 1400lb, so each passenger was adding about 10% to my total weight. It wasn’t a massive difference, but it was noticeable - my times with a passenger were about 1 second slower than those by myself. Here’s a video of my second-last run, with a passenger:

As usual, I let a bunch of people drive the car after the fun was over, including a bit of time with four full-size adults in the car. There was a lot of rubbing (mostly from the car). I love to show people how much fun a car with 20-some horsepower can actually be. Smiles all around, even from the guys in 400hp+ cars that cost more than my house.

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The Aftermath

The bad news is it’s definitely broken right now. I made it home just fine, but went for a drive the next morning and discovered some rather ugly noises. A bit of rattling when I let off the gas. I only drove about 1000' before I turned around and parked it, so I’ll have to investigate further. In any case, it’s getting torn up this weekend, so hopefully it’s nothing major.

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Here’s a couple more photos:

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Cheers!

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