Suzuki Hayabusa engine with turbo and 480 hp for this classic Mini
"Small, but bully". This sobada but effective phrase already came in handy to the classic Mini in its splendor in the sixties. Despite not having high power, low center of gravity, front wheel drive, a very direct steering and reduced weight they enabled him to tutear much larger and more powerful cars. What if now we increase a little power, to add more pepper? It is not uncommon replace the original engine of the Mini with a more powerful, and among the many options sometimes you choose to ride a bike mechanics: powerful, small displacement and pleasure to climb fast speed.
We recently saw a case, the Mini with 170 hp Yamaha R1 engine, with a look and fantastic performance, but now this example goes far beyond. And we do not exaggerate too much, because we are talking about another Classic Mini 1962, with 1.3-liter engine from the Suzuki Hayabusa, pushed to the limit thanks to turbocharging. However, and despite appearing a Mini with all of the law (though I muscled in his body), what we see on the outside does not correspond much with their guts, where power is hidden 480 hp and traction to the rear wheels.
Beyond its exterior body from a Mini (suitably flared, yes), what we found is a tubular chassis made as to all this torrent of power. And it is that 480 hp are many horses, but this time (sacrilege in a Mini?) Are derived to the rear wheels, not the front as tradition dictates. Also the interior has little to do with a Mini 1962, although it remains spartan as could be, but his bucket seat and electronic instrumentation not make us think that we are in one of these British icons.
480 hp for a weight of only 580 kg gives us a power to weight ratio brutal, very close to the kilogram of weight per horsepower, bringing benefits also impress his. It is said to be able to accelerate from 0 to 100 km / h in just 3 seconds, and it does not seem too hard to believe, overlooking its features. With more generous created specifically sports suspension and wheel and tire size, the drive may not be a problem. Created by Knight Motorsport Engineering, British in modifications Mini specialists, best of all it is also fully approved for use on the road.
This particular Mini, in the typical green British, was announced in 34,500 euros, a whole candy considering its price. So it seems the announcement has already been removed, so we assume that is already in the hands of a smart shopper. At least we can enjoy its tremendous sound in the video below and see it in motion, Mini perhaps the fastest on earth?
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