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After 5 months of WIP my latest project is done.

And again I wanted to create something unusual and unique which should give me a new challenge to solve.

I found a rather cheap Tamiya Mini Cooper Monte Carlo Rally kit and started thinking of what could i make from it.

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I already knew that in the UK you can buy motorcycle engine conversion kits from Z-Cars for 1:1 Minis. The problem for me was to find a motorcycle engine in scale 1/24. As i found nothing i liked, i decided to use 3D print, a task a good friend of mine took over for me. We managed to get hold of some CAD data for a 2007 Suzuki GSX-R 1000 engine (model code K7) from a UK motorsports company. My buddy fine tuned the data and printed the engine.

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From then on the project was in full swing. A scratch building and kit bashing orgy started and a million of changes where made to create a unique rear wheel driven rear engine (road legal) mini track car. Here a few WIP photos:

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And finally the result:


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Love it! Nice work Michi.

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10 minutes ago, TarheelRick said:

Wicked little screamer.  Some really nice fabrication work.

Thank you Ricky!

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Very cool build! I enjoyed trying to figure out the engineering that went into the back half of the car. The wing and intake duct through the rear window really caught my eye. 

I think you're representing a chain drive to the rear wheels (?) but I can't quite make out if you have a differential between the u-joints or if the rear wheels are locked together. 

Either way, I see all sorts of oversteer at each and every corner this little go-cart encounters! 

Thanks for sharing. 

Mike 

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1 hour ago, mecklm said:

Very cool build! I enjoyed trying to figure out the engineering that went into the back half of the car. The wing and intake duct through the rear window really caught my eye. 

I think you're representing a chain drive to the rear wheels (?) but I can't quite make out if you have a differential between the u-joints or if the rear wheels are locked together. 

Either way, I see all sorts of oversteer at each and every corner this little go-cart encounters! 

Thanks for sharing. 

Mike 

Thank you Mike!

Yes, its a chain drive and i used the driveshafts from the kit.
I tried to replicate what Z-Cars use in their kits, but i'm not sure if it's got a differential.
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"good drivers steer their car with the throttle"

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Outstanding job on your conversion and the detailing also. I wouldn't want to "throw a chain" on one of these 1:1 that's for sure.

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I love it when folks think outside the box and create unique models like your Mini. Excellent execution and attention to detail.

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44 minutes ago, espo said:

Outstanding job on your conversion and the detailing also. I wouldn't want to "throw a chain" on one of these 1:1 that's for sure.

Thanks a lot David!

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21 minutes ago, Miatatom said:

I love it when folks think outside the box and create unique models like your Mini. Excellent execution and attention to detail.

Thank you very much Tom, that is my approch to modeling!

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I can just imagine what a handful it would be to drive....good job!

Regards 

Brian Kroon

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Well executed originality - a treat!

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On 3.7.2018 at 9:58 PM, GlueTube said:

I can just imagine what a handful it would be to drive....good job!

Regards 

Brian Kroon

 

On 4.7.2018 at 1:31 AM, GerN said:

Well executed originality - a treat!

 

On 4.7.2018 at 2:23 AM, da_ashman said:

Very cool build! Love what youve done!!!

 

Thank you very much guys!

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Awesome mini. This build is definitely not something you see every day. I like when someone comes up with new ideas for cars both 1:1 and scale.

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On 6.7.2018 at 2:46 AM, olschoolkid said:

Awesome mini. This build is definitely not something you see every day. I like when someone comes up with new ideas for cars both 1:1 and scale.

Thank you very much Matthew!

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WOW!! That certainly different! Very well done. As an ex- race and airfield marshall at Silverstone I seen nearly all of both Mini variants and bike engined cars, over 25 years, but this is so different!

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On 9.7.2018 at 8:34 AM, PatW said:

WOW!! That certainly different! Very well done. As an ex- race and airfield marshall at Silverstone I seen nearly all of both Mini variants and bike engined cars, over 25 years, but this is so different!

Thank you Patrick! Yes - thats what i try to achieve: build models different and make many details. Did you spot the blue bottle in the car?

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