When we established the new firstname.lastname@example.org program, I was expecting some great machines to be shared by Speedhunters fans from around the world. Still, I didn’t think there would be this many amazing cars to sort through. Let’s just say that there are some seriously cool cars and builds coming down the pipeline – one of which is this Austin Mini owned by Jeff Pang out of Ontario, Canada.
Jeff is only 19 years old and considers the original Mini to be one of his dream cars. After sourcing one he’s been busy transforming it into one serious street machine.
The combination of a featherweight Mini and a high revving Honda VTEC motor is a match made in engine swap heaven. Using a Mini Tec MTB2 front subframe, Jeff dropped in a B18C from a 2000 Integra GSR. Even better is that it was all done in his parents’ garage.
Jeff kept the interior largely original, with a wood dash, recovered SPI seats and a set of Autometer Phantom gauges to keep tabs on the new powerplant. A wood-rimmed Personal steering wheel is another great touch.
The Mini is running adjustable suspension in both front and rear, while the wheels are Vikings sized 10″x7″ for a perfect fit under the Group 6 over fenders. Behind the tiny wheels you’ll find a 7.5″ Minisport four pot brake kit.
Besides providing lots of sweet naturally aspirated horsepower, the B18c also makes the Mini as reliable as well…a Honda. Finding a parking spot doesn’t appear to be a problem when Jeff is out on the town.
A big thanks go to Jeff for sharing his dream car with us!
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I've got a standard 97 cooper that i use everyday, i have big plans for her!! hopefully on the cover of miniworld some day, which is where i first saw jeffs b e a u u u u tttttttt!! Mini Tec MTB2 front subframe, where can i buy one from?
In the UK a bog standard 1000cc mini would cost a fortune to insure (were talking £1500), so how does this guy afford to insure this?
It is a really nice car and a good coversion, but i have seen conversions like this before (but by no means often) and wilder versions as well.
I must say it is well done and I have to give him much props, garage builds are so fun to finish up. Great car and great motor, I bet its insane fun to drive like a maniac. Awesome feature!
Now theres a "Honda" i would buy. Take their n600 concept, do exactly what this guy did to his mini, keep it reasonably priced and they would fly off the lots. This mini has everything you would want from a city car, small, fuel efficient, great maneuverability, reliable and quick enough to get out of trouble easily. Great feature guys.
the look of it with those flares, those wheels, and those tyres...!
.. I had a scaletrix mini as a kid that had the same look - and this is just a full-size drivable version.. its intense! :D
brilliant mini, and brilliant write up! Been following this guys build for awhile.. really nice to see it on here!
This car is absolutely sick, Love it! I seriously just.. 0_0 when i saw the first picture... deadly, just deadly
@skags2 Yes, those are actually golf cart wheels... Although minis have 10in wheels standard.
There are kits out there that make a Honda into Mini swap much easier and within reach of most gear heads. That said the work is awesome.
@DenisOBrien They are golf cart wheels, here is his build thread http://www.16vminiclub.com/forums/showthread.php?t=26349&page=28
Here in the US we have collector car insurance that would perfectly for a car like this. I have it on my 240Z and it's extremely affordable.
@roeby at life's end, no old person EVER cared about car insurance, or money wasted... To have built a wicked mini, that made it to speedhunters - now THAT'S something to talk about at the retirement home.
thats cheap insurance. I pay $3000 a year for something a lot less fun to drive then this. Hell even my parents pay about 1500 a year to insure each of there cars.
@Martijn M x2