: 500 hp Twin-turbo Mini Cooper

10-24-05, 10:23 PM
MINI Cooper debuts competition dragster

Posted Oct 20, 2005, 2:30 PM ET by Stuart Waterman

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MINI USA unveiled this wild MINI at Hot Import Nights in Phoenix this week, capturing the “Best Engineered” award for the event.

The MINI drag car was built by California tuner ”Fireball Tim” Lawrence (http://www.fireballtim.com/), starting from a John Cooper Works-version MINI Cooper S. The 1700 lb, FWD racer features carbon-fiber bodywork and a 500 hp, “twin-charger” powerplant. Fireball’s blog (http://www.fireballtim.com/blog/index.php) has a history of the build-up, with pics.

The car will make its competition debut in Pomona this weekend at the NHRA Sport Compact World Finals, followed by an appearance at SEMA in Las Vegas.

More pictures after the jump…

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[Source: BMW Group]

10-24-05, 11:21 PM
Jeeze, it must have taken some work to fit all of that junk under the hood of a MIni! It sure looks funny having the slicks on the front wheels. Still doesn't do a lot for me.

10-25-05, 02:32 AM
They still have some extra room for more in there! Bah

10-25-05, 02:51 AM
thats gotta be a pretty sick ride!

10-25-05, 12:28 PM
what kinda times does it run?