The history of many famous automobile brands can be traced back to their roots in the world of racing. As the racers professed the need for speed, they built stronger and more powerful engines. They then brought that same design expertise over to the consumer market. At Mini it’s quite a different story. Back in 1957, an oil crisis gripped the world. As a result, Sir Leonard Lord of the Morris Company charged his engineers with a new mission: come up with a small fuel-efficient car that could carry four adults but can be economically beneficial to everyone. And that’s how the Mini was born. Today, another wave of concerns over fuel efficiency has gripped the nation, which has led to the rise in popularity of the Mini Cooper. Although owners might have had questions about its practicality, they usually ended up falling in love with the Mini.