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racing girl
01-13-2005, 02:15 PM
I haven't seen, but I've been told that this months Car and Driver has a write up of a company (possible British) who are putting motor bike engines in the original Mini and selling them on for quite a bit of money. Anyone else see this??

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Xracer
01-13-2005, 02:24 PM
Here in the U.S., it's not uncommon to see Honda V-Tech (car) engine swaps in a Mini, but I haven't seen or heard of using motorcycle engines.

Motorcycle engines are light, compact, and many certainly produce enough power to give a Mini spritely performance. It'll be interesting, if and when such an article is written, to see what they've come up with.

Bruce Bowker
01-13-2005, 03:04 PM
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I haven't seen, but I've been told that this months Car and Driver has a write up of a company (possible British) who are putting motor bike engines in the original Mini...

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WHY????

PC
01-13-2005, 03:35 PM
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...WHY????

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Light weight
high specific power output
six-speed sequential shifting
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PC.

lawguy
01-13-2005, 05:06 PM
It's about a Mini with a Honda VTEC car engine.

http://www.caranddriver.com/article.asp?section_id=26&article_id=9029&page_num ber=1

Xracer
01-14-2005, 01:14 PM
Actually, the VTECH makes a pretty good swap in a Mini (if you like that sort of thing).

We have a couple of VTECH Minis in our club....one of which won the "Best Engineered" 1st Place trophy at last summer's MiniMeet West Meets East 2004, in Rockford, IL.

Another VTECH Mini drove 2500 miles from Vancouver, B.C. to the MiniMeet.....so apparently they're pretty reliable, too.

ThomP
01-15-2005, 01:13 AM
INSANE!

(May I try one Please)

rulle7
01-15-2005, 12:34 PM
Check out 'Octane' Feb. issue for a Ford Zetech powered Lotus Elan and a K series powered Bugeye.
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Sherlock
01-15-2005, 05:33 PM
There are a few Lotus Seven clones driving around with motorcycle engines (and I'm told they are insane cars to drive!), I suppose a Mini is small enough to do much the same conversion...

huck6
01-24-2005, 03:32 PM
I did see a Mini with duel Yamaha engines in MiniWorld last year. One engine up front, one in back. I don't remember the specifics, but I believe it was just for racing.

meeko
02-21-2005, 07:07 PM
try www.zcars.org.uk (http://www.zcars.org.uk)
I reckon that site will hit the nail on the head for you, but it may be another company in the magazine.

Simon TR4a
09-13-2005, 11:18 AM
Tricky putting a motorcyle transmission in reverse, perhaps they have a modification for that. Or do you rely on a tight turning circle, or push it when you want to go backwards, like a racecar?
Simon. (Too old to push!)

78Z
09-14-2005, 12:19 AM
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Tricky putting a motorcyle transmission in reverse, perhaps they have a modification for that. Or do you rely on a tight turning circle, or push it when you want to go backwards, like a racecar?
Simon. (Too old to push!)

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some of them use an extra starter motor to turn the driveshalf while the transmission is in neutral.

ThomP
09-16-2005, 08:44 PM
The motorcycle engine of choice is the Hayabusa. Its about 275 HP without the turbo and 315 HP with the turbo. Now, just what would that do in a 1500 Lb car??? (Not as quick as the bike I might add, but the work ZOOM comes to mind).