- Credit: Powerflex

This BMW M3 swapped MINI is the MINI you never thought you needed

It's called 'Vini', and it might just be the coolest MINI in existence.

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When I think of MINI, generally, a brilliant four-cylinder front-wheel drive hatchback comes to mind. Well, that's where British suspension company Powerflex comes in to change things.

Meet Vini, a MINI that redefines the MINI. After four years in the making, the British firm has managed to cram a V8 into an R56 Mini Cooper, all whilst making it look like no more than a Mini with a bodykit.

Credit: Powerflex

Credit: Powerflex

Stuffed under the tiny hood sits BMW's iconic S65 4.0L N/A V8 engine from the E9x M3, making a whopping 309kW (414bhp) - and to make things fun, Powerflex has fitted Vini with a seven-speed M-DCT gearbox powering the rear wheels, again taken straight out of the M3.

If you think it's an easy task to swap a V8 into a MINI, you'd be mistaken. The entire bulkhead had to be modified to house the motor, and the subframe had to be taken from a Subaru WRX STi for the engine to sit on.

Credit: Powerflex

Credit: Powerflex

The suspension was worked on in-house, with the firm fitting Powerflex's own polyurethane bushings onto a custom MacPherson strut setup.

The exterior remains surprisingly factory, with nothing but flared arches, wide gold wheels and a spoiler. It remains a real sleeper.

Credit: Powerflex

Credit: Powerflex

Whereas the exterior looks like a standard R56 Mini Cooper, the interior has been substantially reworked, with additional chassis reinforcement to keep the Vini as nimble as possible. The additional weight of the engine and driveline is counteracted by the stripped out carbon lined interior panels, Cobra Motorsport four-point race seats, lightweight race steering wheel, with the rear seats removed in place for a solid sheet of metal - not too dissimilar from MINI's own hardcore GP models.

Credit: Powerflex

Credit: Powerflex

Tipping the scales at just 1300kg, the Vini's short wheelbase setup takes infinite cornering to the next level, with Toyo Proxes R888R semi-slick track tyres which the company stated in their own press release that "has the ability to stretch the confines of physics".

If a BMW M3 swapped MINI isn't the coolest thing you've seen today, I don't know what is.

The Vini will be debuting at the next Goodwood Festival of Speed. For more information, check out Vini's Facebook page.

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Comments (10)

  • I suspect I would wrap this around a tree if I so much as breathed on the throttle. What a terrifyingly brilliant thing.

      19 days ago
  • This report claims that this is an R53 or a first generation Mini. Actually it is a second generation Mini or an R56. Which is larger than its older brother the R53. Still a cool feat.

      16 days ago
    • You are indeed correct! Vini's official Facebook page for claims that this is based off an R53 but that may have been a typo also. The article has been corrected.

        16 days ago
  • Mid-mount it and go back to the days of the Group B Forest Racers!! Plus 4 wheel drive. I'll take it in that colour (including the roof)*.

    *Wishful thinking only.

      18 days ago
  • Would probably die in an hour if I were to drive it ngl

      17 days ago
  • That is awesome! I want one

      17 days ago
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