What will the mid-engined Mini supercar be like?March 20, 2020
Earlier this year, the British brand Mini hinted at creating a mid-engined sports car. Some publications presented their vision of what this machine might be like.
Can the Mini really create a sports model that gets a mid-range powerplant? This is a true step for a brand that is famous for its small, nimble front-wheel-drive city hatchbacks that can fit in your pocket.
On the other hand, qualities such as “small and nimble” should work well for sports cars that have a motor between the front and rear axles, so this may not be such a crazy idea. In fact, some may say that it is high time for the British brand to introduce such a car.
Earlier this year, we reported an interview with Andreas Lampka, Head of Communications, Mini. In this interview, he suggested that Mini engineers could very well develop a mid-engined car if they were given the task and the resources they needed for production. This is by no means a complete confirmation that such a car will appear in the company’s lineup, but a frank discussion definitely suggests that Mini executives are thinking about it.
This forced foreign publications to publish an exclusive rendering of such a car.
Of course, this car cannot be confused with anything except the Mini. Instead of taking a radical approach to something completely new, the artists retained the recognizable “face” of the Mini cars in the high-performance version of JCW. The difference, obviously, lies in the front desk with a lower roof and a two-seater cabin. Modified doors merge into an extended rear, equipped only with modest side vents.
Under the hood there should be a turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Power must flow to the rear wheels through a manual gearbox.
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