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Series: 1275, 998

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About Unipower

The Unipower GT was a British specialist sports car first shown at the January 1966 Racing Car Show, and produced by truck maker Universal Power Drives Ltd in Perivale, Middlesex and later by U.W.F. Automotive in London until production ceased in early 1970, by which time around 75 are believed to have been made, including about 15 built by U.W.F..

The car was based on BMC Mini mechanical components with the transverse engine and gearbox unit mounted in a mid-engine configuration. A strong spaceframe chassis with integral roll-over protection was bonded to a fibreglass body to produce a light yet rigid structure, with all-round independent coil spring and wishbone suspension. Combining light weight, a low centre of gravity and low aerodynamic drag from a body that measured just 40.5 inches high, the Unipower offered very good performance and excellent road holding and handling characteristics. Available with the 998cc Mini-Cooper or more potent 1275cc Cooper "S" engine, this latter version was reported to be capable of 0-60 mph in around 8 seconds and to have a maximum speed of almost 120 mph.

A design was produced for a larger Unipower but this did not go into production with the original makers instead eventually evolving into the AC ME3000.

Unipower also made a limited number of the "glass box" Quasar-Unipower cars.

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2-door
2-seat
S4 8v 1.3L OHV M-4
55.9 kW / 75.0 hp / 75.0 hp  107.0 N·m / 78.9 lb·ft / 78.9 lb·ft
   

Unipower 1275 GT (1967)

2-door 2-seater fixed-head coupé, petrol (gasoline) 4-cylinder 8-valve straight (inline) engine, OHV (overhead valve, I-head), 1275 cm3 / 77.8 cu in / 77.8 cu in, 55.9 kW / 75.0 hp / 75.0 hp @ 6000 rpm / 6000 rpm / 6000 rpm, 107.0 N·m / 78.9 lb·ft / 78.9 lb·ft @ 3000 rpm / 3000 rpm / 3000 rpm, manual 4-speed transmission, rear wheel drive, 182 km/h / 113 mph / 113 mph top speed

2-door
2-seat
S4 8v 1.0L OHV M-4
41.0 kW / 55.0 hp / 55.0 hp  77.0 N·m / 56.8 lb·ft / 56.8 lb·ft
   

Unipower 998 GT (1966)

2-door 2-seater fixed-head coupé, petrol (gasoline) 4-cylinder 8-valve straight (inline) engine, OHV (overhead valve, I-head), 998 cm3 / 60.9 cu in / 60.9 cu in, 41.0 kW / 55.0 hp / 55.0 hp @ 5800 rpm / 5800 rpm / 5800 rpm, 77.0 N·m / 56.8 lb·ft / 56.8 lb·ft @ 3000 rpm / 3000 rpm / 3000 rpm, manual 4-speed transmission, rear wheel drive, 166 km/h / 103 mph / 103 mph top speed

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The Varying Drivers License Requirements Around the World

Minimum driving ages, the number of passengers young drivers can have with them at any time, the times of day that drivers under the age of 18 can drive…

These all vary depending on where young motorists are driving. They vary, even, across the United States.

For instance, in Maine, motorists under the age of 18 aren’t allowed to have any passengers with them as they drive for the first 180 days after they obtain their licenses. In Alabama, motorists under the age of 18 can have one passenger with them.

And that’s just one example of the differences in driving license requirements from one part of the country to the next. The differences are even more pronounced when comparing one country to another. Minimum driving ages vary widely across the world. While most states in the United States allow youngsters to earn their learner’s permits at the age of 15, many other countries require their residents to be much older before they get behind the wheel of a car.

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