Hurco Inc is a global leader in innovative CNC machine tools. Indianapolis based Hurco has featured A&M in its social media, machining the Ascaso designed Mini A+5 prototype engine block in aluminium using a Hurco VMX42Ui 5 Axis.

The engine block is designed and copyrighted by Ascaso Engineering Ltd.

A ground-breaking classic British Mini A+5 engine block, designed by Ascaso Engineering is being manufactured by A&M EDM based in the West Midlands, England’s industrial heartland.

A&M are one of the UK’s major Hurco users with 23 Hurco CNC mills and a reputation for fast turnaround precision high value, low volume components and toolmaking for aerospace, automotive, deep sea and Formula 1 sectors.

The Mini A+5 prototype engine block in aluminium was designed after extensive 3D scanning, CMM data collection and then reverse engineered to create working CAD models. It was then machined on a Hurco VMX42Ui 5 Axis machining centre at 12,000 mm per minute for initial roughing out operations.

The engine has a bespoke 5 main bearing crankshaft, utilising a 75mm stroke, the block alone weighs one third of the original.

Gary Surman, Design Director of Ascaso Engineering said: "The retro engineered A+5 engine block will deliver lightweight style and performance for Mini enthusiasts around the world. Our next stage is to rigorously test the engines for sale in summer 2021.”