Pleasantly, this is Vini’ the Powerflex V8 Mini, the four-wheel equivalent of an escaped TBS customer. And the name of this Mini rhymes with BMW-V8, which is always nice. Manufacturer of undercarriage rubbers Powerflex worked for four years to prove that a V8 engine does fit in the nose of a Mini. Now the project is finally done, just in time for a lap of the Goodwood Festival of Speed hill climb.
The 4.0-liter V8 without turbos comes from the E92 generation of the BMW M3, also the only generation with an eight-cylinder. The standard power is sufficient: 420 hp and 400 Nm. It takes some creativity to make things fit. That’s why the builders used the subframes from a Subaru WRX STI. Take a moment to look at the photo from the bottom; the finish looks like factory finished. The transmission of the Mini with BMW-V8 is the standard DCT automatic transmission.
How the Mini with BMW-V8 stays on the road
The combination of a large BMW V8 in the front, little space between the front and rear wheels and rear-wheel drive is not optimal for stable road holding. Not with a standard chassis, anyway. That is why Powerflex presses wishbone rubbers of its own making into the chassis, they asked friend Bilstein for a set of dampers and Alcon sent the brake department. If things don’t go according to plan, there is a roll cage in the car and racing belts keep the driver firmly in the bucket seats.
The weight of the Mini with BMW-V8 is just over 1,300 kilos, which is more than 200 kilos less than the standard BMW M3 of the E92 generation. The lack of interior and the carbon fiber parts keep the weight down. So the 0-100 time will be under 4.5 seconds of the M3. We are very curious about the times that the car records on the hill climb. Keep your eyes peeled, there’s bound to be a spectacular video coming out of Goodwood soon.