Mini is a BMW product, so it makes sense?
The Mini Cooper is one of the most iconic cars to ever grace the road, and while older models are getting more and more collectible, new models such as the Mini Cooper Electric are paving the way to a smarter and greener future. The fact that Mini is going greener is highly commendable, but let's not forget about this brand's deep roots in motorsports. The original Mini was an absolute terror on international rally and track courses, and modern versions continue to deliver stunning performance and handling. People have been modifying Minis for decades, and this V8-swapped example is exactly why we love these feisty little Brits. Powerflex, a suspension tuning company out of the UK, will reveal 'Vini' at this year's Goodwood Festival Of Speed, and it's guaranteed to be a showstopper.
This little beast is based on an R56 generation Mini Cooper S, but other than the familiar exterior, everything has been chopped and changed. What makes this build so special is what's lurking beneath the shiny paintwork: Powerflex fitted a 4.0-liter S65 naturally-aspirated V8 from a first-generation BMW M3 which is good for around 414 hp. Besides the massive V8 engine that now resides within the bowels of this Cooper S, Powerflex has also made extensive revisions to the chassis: the entire floor plan has been modified to accept Subaru Impreza STI subframe pieces, and the MacPherson struts are completely bespoke. Vini's interior is very race-like and features a stripped-out cabin, Cobra racing bucket seats, and a full roll cage.
Powerflex is quite proud of little Vini, and claims that "Vini the Powerflex V8 Mini is an iron hand in a velvet glove: an utterly usable and road-legal piece of engineering art that's as comfortable on a track as it is on the road." The company goes on to say that "With 414 bhp on offer within a short-wheelbase body that tips the scales at little more than 1,300 kg (2,866 pounds), Vini has the ability to stretch the confines of physics through its Toyo Proxes R888R track tires." We'll definitely be keeping an eye out for this tiny terror at this year's Festival Of Speed.