TRW, Honeywell, TI Automotive contribute to new Mini Coupe's brake system
TRW, Honeywell and TI Automotive play key roles in the new Mini Coupe's braking system. The brake lines are supplied by TI Automotive while Honeywell provides the brake pads for the rear axle for European models and front and rear axles for the U.S. models. TRW Automotive supplies the car's front and rear calipers, actuation, ABS sensors and ABS unit with traction control and vehicle stability. In addition, TRW provides the new model's lower ball joints and side airbag module.
Braking and chassis systems maker BWI Group is the source of the dampers for most Mini models. The supplier specially modified the valve settings in the coupe's dampers in order to enhance the car's ride and handling.
JTEKT also affects the car's performance by providing its electric power steering system. The power assist unit is attached to the pinion shaft of the steering gear and located in the engine compartment. This helps eliminate passenger compartment noise and allows the use of higher assist forces. The electro-mechanical system is designed to reduce road surface vibrations while speed-dependent power assistance reduces the steering effort required from the driver when parking and maneuvering.
Assembled at Mini parent BMW's Oxford, England, plant, the coupe is the fifth model line to join the Mini family. It is also the first two-seat sports car in the UK brand's history. Output of the coupe started in July 2011.