The new Mini Cooper is a light, quick car that has found a fan base following in the United States matched only by competitor Volkswagen with its New Beetle compact. Built by BMW, however, the Mini Cooper is hardly a minimalist vehicle. Several option packages are available, including the powerful Clubman. Brake Specifications for these cars are similar across the brand. All are outfitted with four wheel disc brakes and traction control systems to optimise vehicle handling.
Electronic Braking Systems
The Mini Cooper's electronic stability control systems work in concert with the Cooper's brakes to provide a safe, controlled driving experience tuned with the best engineering that BMW has to offer. Cornering Brake Control systems modulate the brake system while the car is braking in a corner to provide excellent stopping ability while minimising skidding. Electronic Brakeforce Distribution modulates the brakes similarly to a traction control system with other vehicle systems. Where one tire slips, the brake force is released, while tires which are gripping are given additional braking force.
Mechanical Brake Systems
Mechanically, the Mini Cooper functions on a hydraulic four-wheel anti-lock disc brake set-up. The front brake calipers and rear calipers are BMW-sourced phosphate coated single piston iron calipers of similar size and construction on all four sides. The front brake calipers control 11-inch ventilated disc brakes, while the rear calipers control 10.2-inch non-ventilated disc brakes.
Braking performance of the Mini Cooper is nothing short of spectacular. A 60 mile-per-hour stopping distance of 120 feet bests the Acura RSX by five feet, and the Honda Accord by seven feet.
Brake System Upgrades
Racers wishing to upgrade the brake systems of the Mini Cooper will find a vast assortment of big brake kits available, as well as numerous upgraded caliper kits to increase stopping distance or the visual appeal of the Mini Cooper.
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