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rovernut
04-23-2004, 09:45 PM
Have any of you checked out www.gomini.com.........They (http://www.gomini.com.........They) sell Vtec Honda powered Minis.....190HP ....up to 245 HP......
If only i could win the LOtto now

Bruce Bowker
04-24-2004, 07:51 PM
<blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><hr>Originally posted by rovernut:
Have any of you checked out www.gomini.com.........They (http://www.gomini.com.........They) sell Vtec Honda powered Minis.....190HP ....up to 245 HP......
If only i could win the LOtto now<hr></blockquote>

I can't imagine 245 Hp in a Mini. I think I have close to 100 and it flies. 245hp???? Would love to see what it is like.

rulle7
04-25-2004, 09:38 AM
graemlins/iagree.gif Got 100 and a bit ponies in my '69 Mini and I honestly can't imagine any more.
It's SCARILY QUICK as it is!! graemlins/driving.gif

Bruce Bowker
04-25-2004, 08:43 PM
Carl - what modifications did you do to get 100 + hp?

Thanks

Bruce

Sherlock
04-25-2004, 09:08 PM
<blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><hr> Bruce Bowker said: Carl - what modifications did you do to get 100 + hp?
<hr></blockquote>

Simple, kind of... Put the engine from a Geo Metro (3-cylinder turbo engine) into it, along with the 5-speed manual transmission that goes along with the engine.

It's a 1969 Mk 3 Mini, a guy in Saskatchewan did the conversion prior to Carl's purchase. How well does it fit? You should see what the front engine mount looks like... a very custom job!

I've seen the car before, so I'm qualified to basically answer. And you'll see a picture of it BCF Members Rides in the Mini album, the orange pumpkin Mini!

lawguy
04-26-2004, 09:32 AM
The April 2004 Grass Roots Motorsports has an article about the VTEC Mini. Looks like a hoot!

rulle7
04-26-2004, 11:15 AM
<blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><hr>Originally posted by Bruce Bowker:
Carl - what modifications did you do to get 100 + hp?

Thanks

Bruce<hr></blockquote>
See Sherlock's reply, plus it's chipped. graemlins/hammer.gif

78Z
04-26-2004, 11:58 AM
A turbo 3 banger in Mini would be excellent fun. I'd considered one for a Locost (hooks up to Samauri tranny).

rulle7
04-26-2004, 12:16 PM
<blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><hr>Originally posted by 78Z:
A turbo 3 banger in Mini would be excellent fun. I'd considered one for a Locost (hooks up to Samauri tranny).<hr></blockquote>
Yup! Look for any early Chevy Sprint Turbo / Pontiac Firefly Turbo...
Reliable, 'modern' and oodles of fun! graemlins/driving.gif

JaredZX3
04-28-2004, 03:41 AM
about 2 years ago, http://www.whifbitz.co.uk was doing this, they were taking Minis and installing Civic Si engines and trannys, 160hp or higher depending on trim. i couldn't find any stateside shops that were doing this, and Whifbitz had apparently done quite a few and i was told had quite a history with Mini restorations, and i was scheming to buy one from them and have it imported, alas my father who for all intents and purposes was my "bank" at the time, refused to back such an endeavor, lol...

in any event, after checking their website again just now, it appears like they have fully devoted themselves to Japanese-&gt;UK imports. oh well.

thanks for that link, the Mini w/ Civic engine transplant is #1 on my list for project cars in the near future, but i couldn't find anyone stateside with experience in this, so it looks like i'll be talking to GoMini regarding that!

theinferno
11-16-2005, 01:25 PM
you and me both, but have you seen the mid engined one?
i found it while looking for info on the car i hope to build. i figure this is the engine/drivetrain i want for it (racetec.net)/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/driving.gifhttp://racetec.net/pictures_mini/mini%20005.jpg