Powerflex fitted a 414bhp M3 engine into a Cooper S R56
- On 18/07/2021 at 10:14
- In Modified Cars
You'd think that squeezing a 4.0-liter naturally aspirated V8 into a small R56 Mini Cooper S would be a difficult task, wouldn't you?
You'd be exactly accurate, since the ridiculously fantastic invention above took Powerflex, a British automotive bush expert, four years to complete.
You guys have shown a lot of dedication.
The completed result has been dubbed ‘Vini' by Powerflex, and all you need to know about it is that it's a road-legal modern-day Mini with the 414bhp S65 V8 engine from the E90 BMW M3 driving the rear wheels through the BMW's original seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
Okay, so that's not everything you need to know...
Because the V8 is placed longitudinally, pretty much everything had to be modified to get it in there.
There are hints from the exterior – the bonnet scoop has increased and the arches are somewhat broader than typical – but the real transformation took place under the surface.
The whole floorpan and bulkhead were rebuilt, as well as a unique eight-point roll cage and custom MacPherson struts.
Subframes from Subaru Impreza WRX STI were used to attach the engine, gearbox, and rear differential.
The brakes are Alcon and the wheels are Braid Forged R motorsport alloys.
The dampers are three-way adjustable devices that may be adjusted in any direction.
According to reports, the Vini's ultimate weight will be approximately 1,300kg, and Powerflex CEO David Power (awesome name) plans to use it as a true track toy, thus the stripped-down touring car interior.
Isn't this a great job?
What are your thoughts, Internet?