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Fairthorpe Electron Minor

(1957 model)

Brief specs of 1957 Fairthorpe Electron Minor

2-door 2-seater drophead coupé (convertible coupé), petrol (gasoline) 4-cylinder 8-valve straight (inline) engine, OHV (overhead valve, I-head), 948 cm3 / 57.9 cu in / 57.9 cu in, 28.3 kW / 38.0 hp / 38.0 hp @ 5000 rpm / 5000 rpm / 5000 rpm, 66.0 N·m / 48.7 lb·ft / 48.7 lb·ft @ 2800 rpm / 2800 rpm / 2800 rpm, manual 4-speed transmission, rear wheel drive, 121 km/h / 75 mph / 75 mph top speed

units: metric UK US

Basic (general) data

Marque (make)FairthorpeIssued from1957
ModelElectron MinorIssued until
SerieElectronNumber made
Model familyBody construction
Model codeBody designation
ManufacturerFairthorpeCountryUK

Bodywork

Base platformNumber of doors2
Bodywork typedrophead coupé (convertible coupé)Number of seats2
Bodywork designerCargo capacity (volume)
Passenger space (volume)Max. cargo capacity (volume)

Dimensions & Weight

Length3353 mm / 132.0 in / 132.0 inTotal (curb) weight508 kg / 1120 lb / 1120 lb
Width1473 mm / 58.0 in / 58.0 inDry weight
Height1170 mm / 46.1 in / 46.1 inLoad capacity
Wheelbase2057 mm / 81.0 in / 81.0 inGross (max.) weight
Track front1245 mm / 49.0 in / 49.0 inTowing weight
Track rear1232 mm / 48.5 in / 48.5 inWeight distribution (front)
Ground clearance178 mm / 7.0 in / 7.0 inFuel capacity46 l / 10.0 UK gal / 12.0 US gal
Length/wheelbase ratio1.63  

Aerodynamics

Drag coefficient (Cd, Cx, Cw)Frontal area (A)1.46 m2 / 15.8 sq ft / 15.8 sq ft (est.)
Aerodynamic coefficient (Cd×A)Aerodynamic resistance (Aero horse power) at 100 km/h (62 mph)

Engine

Engine CodeTotal number of cylinders4
Engine Typestraight (inline) Total number of valves8
Engine ManufacturerBMCValves per cylinder2
Engine constructionBore63.0 mm / 2.48 in / 2.48 in
Fuelpetrol (gasoline)Stroke76.0 mm / 2.99 in / 2.99 in
Fuel detailsBore/Stroke ratio0.83
Fuel supply2 SU carbsEngine displacement948 cm3 / 57.9 cu in / 57.9 cu in
Engine Main bearingsUnitary capacity237.00 cm3/cylinder / 14.463 cu in/cylinder / 14.463 cu in/cylinder
Cam DesignOHV (overhead valve, I-head)Compression ratio8.2 : 1
SumpMax. output power28.3 kW / 38.0 hp / 38.0 hp at 5000 rpm / 5000 rpm / 5000 rpm
AspirationnaturalMax. torque66.0 N·m / 48.7 lb·ft / 48.7 lb·ft at 2800 rpm / 2800 rpm / 2800 rpm
Compressor typeN/AMaximum rpm
IntercoolernoMax. net output (power at the wheels)9.9 kW / 13.3 hp / 13.3 hp (est.)
CoolantwaterSpecific output29.9 kW/l / 0.656 bhp/cu in / 0.656 bhp/cu in
Catalytic converternoSpecific torque69.6 N·m/l / 0.61 lb·ft/cu in / 0.61 lb·ft/cu in

Transmission

Transmission typemanualNumber of gears4
Wheel driverear wheel driveTop gear (drive) ratio1
  Final gear (drive) ratio4.55

Performance

Acceleration 0-50 mph (80 km/h)Top (maximal) speed121 km/h / 75 mph / 75 mph
Acceleration 0-60 mph (97 km/h)16.30 s / 16.30 s / 16.30 sPower-to-weight ratio74.8 kW/ton / 56.7 bhp/ton / 56.7 bhp/ton
Acceleration 0-100 km/hFuel consumption, City (urban)
Acceleration 0-100 mph (160 km/h)Fuel consumption, Road (extra-urban)
Acceleration 80-120 km/h (50-70 mph) in topFuel consumption, Mixed (combined)
Standing ¼mile time Fuel consumption, Euro
Standing kilometer time CO2 emissions
  Range

Chassis

Engine locationfrontEngine alignmentlongitudinal
SteeringSteering details
Turns lock-to-lock2.3Turning circle8.2 m / 26.9 ft / 26.9 ft
Suspension frontIndependent, Coil springsSuspension rearLive axle, Coil springs
Wheels frontWheels rear
Tyres frontTyres rear
Brakes frontdrumBrakes reardrum
Brake diameter frontBrake diameter rear
Brakes detailsBraked area

Technical specifications and performance data of Fairthorpe Electron Minor

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