Set Your Mini Cooper Up for Vtec Performance!
What is VTEC?Actually it is VVTEC which stands for (Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control). What it is though, is a system developed by Honda Motors to improve the volumetric efficiency of a four-stroke internal combustion engine. In other words, improve the economy of the car’s engine.
However, there are other benefits to a Vtec that Austin Mini owners love even more than fuel efficiency and that’s POWER. Honda’s Vtec engines seem to be made for Classic Minis.
Reasons to Install a Vtec EngineIt’s more powerful than the venerable A-series Classic Mini Engine.
- It’s more reliable than a rebuilt Classic Mini Engine.
- It’s more powerful.
- It’s more efficient.
- And yes, it’s more powerful.
In fact, Car & Driver Magazine states: "The VTEC engine for a Mini Cooper is one of the fastest, and, um, furious-est, drives south of a Z06. Just look at the numbers from the one we tested-1792 pounds and a claimed 220 horsepower. The Honda engine was originally for the Acura Integra Type R and was rated for 195 horsepower."
This video, "Watch my Classic Vtec Mini Beat a Camero SS" was edited so that you can get right to the part where the driver pulls up to the line. Worth watching.
Video - Classic Vtec Austin Mini Beats Camero SS
Installing a Vtec Engine in Your Austin Mini CooperFirst, start with this article, "Installing a VTEC in a Classic Mini". It will thoroughly walk you through the steps you’ll need to take.
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