Light And Mighty: This Hayabusa-Swapped Mini Is An Evil Little Machine!


Light And Mighty: This Hayabusa-Swapped Mini Is An Evil Little Machine!

Are you a heavy power kind of gearhead, or can you appreciate what is the automotive equivalent of a go-kart on steroids with a license plate on the back tearing around with a manic powerplant in the tail end? That’s exactly what you are looking at here: it’s a 1983 Mini, powered by a mill raided from Suzuki’s wicked Hayabusa street bike. With 1,000 pounds to push around, 240 horsepower quits sounding like the base model and starts to sound like nothing short of a riot, doesn’t it? Sure, you’ll have to fold to fit, and Day-Glo green ain’t for everybody, but if you can’t find a way to enjoy this screaming little rocket, you aren’t trying hard enough. I might injure myself in the process, but I would do my best to fit behind the wheel to give this little meanie a shot!


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4 thoughts on “Light And Mighty: This Hayabusa-Swapped Mini Is An Evil Little Machine!

  1. BeaverMartin

    I’m still trying to grow the stones to VTec swap my 76′. I spent so much cash rebuilding the A-Series.

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  2. Gary Smrtic

    One of my fondest memeories from our early years drag racing was going to McGuire AFB in NJ, and watching a Mini Cooper just spank a ’63 fi Corvette Stingray, heads up, 1/4 mile! The Mini didn’t need no ‘Busa motor to do that!

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  3. TheCrustyAutoWorker

    Just the kind of little street freak Crusty loves to see, and in this case hear.
    I’d love to take that for a little rip down a nice twisty back road someplace, looks like it would be a blast.

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  4. Chevy Hatin' Mad Geordie

    The mini wears a British number plate – so how come its LHD?

    I prefer Minis with the engine where its supposed to be and not polluted with rice. In Britain there are kits available to mount the 16 valve cylinder head of a BMW K series motorcycle motor on to an A series block. I saw a Mini station wagon with one of these in it plus throttle bodies and a turbo which would have given this a run for its money.

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