What is it?
David Brown Automotives reengineering of the classic Mini is a thing of loveliness, if as well as some cost. However its more in your home around Knightsbridge than it is on a twisting B-road, which is a balance this limited-number Oselli Edition, called after the famous engine tuner that supplies its tweaked 1450cc A-Series engine, is meant to move.
The essentials are the exact same as other David Brown-tweaked Minis, because they take a donor cars and truck plus a new heritage shell, which comes supplied to original specification and is then de-seamed, covered and reworked and essentially figured out, prior to having the 125bhp motor installed, driving through a five-speed gearbox and a limited-slip differential.
The 60-off Oselli edition runs on 13in rims and the front track, as you might spot, is larger by about 5mm than the back, while the suspension receives non-adjustable Bilstein dampers and a few bushing changes; although less than originally however due to the fact that DB wished to keep some compliance. It has.
Whats it like?
The interior is pleasingly ended up with fixed-back container seats and a half cage (and harness choices), although none of that changes the Mini-ish driving position, nor the fact that regardless of this being a small cars and truck, you do not feel confined.
Its just 3.05 m long and 1.47 m broad but the windshield is a range away from you as it is on a modern Minis, while theres a short-legged, long armed driving position with a greatly angled wheel which you get utilized to really quickly.
Likewise the offset however deftly weighted pedals, which provide themselves to the heel and toeing youll need offered this twin-SU carbureted engine doesnt want to rev easily under heavy loads listed below around 3000rpm, while after that it rorts perfectly cleanly approximately a 6500rpm redline.
On full throttle, or in fact on part or no throttle, the unassisted steering darts around but always lets you know what its up to, and because theres some compliance and roll in the chassis, despite the fact that this is a sub-800kg automobile, guiding weight, feel and feedback build linearly.
On track that equates to a vehicle thats all about its front end (as I understand traditional racing Minis frequently were). As you first turn, on a tracked throttle or brake, the Oselli edition is extremely mobile and from apex onwards, under power, the steering gets a bit stickier and the front hangs on exceptionally gamely, while the back sort of hangs out behind it, drifting around foursquare like its a trailer or on castors.