Since the debut of the Mini more than 60 years ago, the pint-sized British car has been treated to all manner of race builds and one-off projects, and while more than a few noteworthy Minis have come across our desk over the years, nothing has captured our attention quite like the mid-engined Ninja-powered build that’s just hit the online auction block of Bring-A-Trailer.
Built by British Columbia’s AMT Machine & Fab, the project started life as a 1990 Japanese market Rover Mini, though it’s been entirely gutted. Powering the car is a mid-mounted 998cc inline-four engine and six-speed sequential transmission from Kawasaki’s flagship ZX-10R superbike that revs to 13,000rpm’s and puts down around 200hp. Inhaling through NACA duct intakes in the rear quarter windows — a la Singer’s Porsche’s — the Japanese four-banger sports a Quaife ATB differential and a chain-final drive. Weighing just 1,360lbs, the Mini rides on custom 12″ two-piece ATV wheels and has a custom interior with billet controls and a bespoke carbon fiber dash, and custom bodywork with flared fenders, a carbon fiber bonnet, boot lid, and rear spoiler, supplemented via an aluminum rear diffuser and front splitter. AMT Machine & Fab’s ZX-10R-Powered 1990 Rover Mini is available on Bring-A-Trailer, where bidding (as of the time of writing) has reached $15,250.
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