Car guys are a strange bunch. So often they look at a car and think: You know what? This car would be so much better if we completely changed it. We can only imagine that is the thought process that comes before the creation of a BMW V8-engined Mini. Yep, you read that right.

Keeping it in the family

Of course, we know that the current owner of the Mini brand is BMW. Therefore, it seemed only fitting that the chaps from EDM Racing chose a BMW V8 for their project. EDM racing is a UK-based outfit, and not American, as we initially guessed.

The guys started with an R56 generation Mini and an S65 V8 motor, then decided to create one of the craziest Minis you’re ever likely to see. The engine came from an E92 M3. It is a 4,0-litre motor that in stock form produced just over 300 kW. The same car also donated its twin-clutch transmission. EDM has started the arduous task of dropping the entire powertrain into the small car, which means they are turning the Mini from front- to rear-wheel drive.

Read about and watch an all-wheel-drive Camaro in action here and about another unique muscle-car build at this link.

Custom-made

To accommodate the change from front- to rear-wheel-drive the workshop had to fabricate a custom floor and transmission tunnel to host the V8 and M-DCT seven-speed gearbox. The car also features an integrated roll-cage, a custom fuel cell, custom intake, and stainless steel exhaust. Other upgrades include massive brake discs with Alcon six-piston calipers that are suspended by Bilstein/Eibach adjustable coilovers.

Front and rear sub-frames were sourced from a Subaru WRX STi. In part because the two cars share similar tracks (front and rear) and that numerous aftermarket parts are available for the platform. A big challenge for the team was trying to get the complex engine and transmission management systems to integrate and work as one. A custom ECU allows the car to retain some of the OE functionality such as the various gearbox modes.

You can keep further tabs on the progress of the BMW V8-engined Mini on EDM Racing’s Facebook page. We are sure the V8 Mini is going to be an absolutely riot when it’s completed.

Images from EDM Racing Facebook.