The British YouTube channel Carwow staged a drag race between a Ford Mustang GT and a rear-wheel-drive MINI Classic with an engine mounted above the rear axle from a Suzuki Hayabusa Superbike. The duel included quarter-mile starts from a standstill, parallel races from 50 miles per hour (80 kilometers per hour) to half a mile in different modes, and the final test was to evaluate the effectiveness of brakes from 70 miles per hour (113 kilometers per hour).
The classic MINI with a motorcycle engine weighs only half a ton, a four-cylinder Suzuki Hayabusa engine with a working volume of 1,340 cubic centimeters with a capacity of 180 horsepower and a torque of 150 Nm is installed behind the seat backs. The custom three-door has a sequential gearbox, and the project cost 20 thousand pounds.
The MINI was opposed by a modified Ford Mustang GT. Its atmospheric 5.0-liter V8 was boosted to 490 horsepower and 530 Nm, no changes were made to the 10-speed automatic. The American coupe weighs 1730 kilograms and costs about 54 thousand pounds, including tuning.
At a distance of a quarter of a mile, two dissimilar sports cars were separated by only 0.2 seconds. The only thing in which the custom MINI defeated the Mustang was the effectiveness of the brakes. It looks like the subcompact has regular mechanisms that are not designed for a powerful engine.
Source: Carwow YouTube Channel