Faster than a Veyron - the 700bhp Mini
A UK motorist from Essex has sent shockwaves through the world of motoring, after creating a modified version of an original Mini Cooper which can accelerate faster than a million-pound Bugatti Veyron.
The extraordinary creation was made by mechanic Stuart Meade who originally bought a Mini 15 years ago for just £500, and then proceeded to spend £95,000 turning it into a mighty performance model any dragster would dream to own.
The little Mini underwent a major weight-saving process and received new bits of exterior body kit for improved acceleration and aerodynamics. The biggest difference though was swapping the standard engine with a 700bhp petrol unit.
Meade says that with all this power, the modified Mini can cover the 0-60mph in less than two seconds, easily beating the Bugatti Veyron which 'only' manages the sprint in a meagre 2.7 seconds.
Meade also commented: "Over a quarter of a mile the Mini is faster than a Bugatti Veyron I would say, and actually a good second faster".
"It's been the 'World's Fastest Mini' for 11 out of the past 13 years".
Even with its frankly insane speed capabilities, this modified Mini is still fully road legal. This means drivers can still use it for the daily shopping, like Meade says he does, and at the same time stun any supercar owners at track days.
The 700bhp Mini has demonstrated its barely believable performance figures at various drag racing events, where the car needs a rear parachute in order to help it slow down in time.
Even though its owner has used it for the shopping, the super-Mini has reportedly covered less than 10,000 miles in the past 12 years.
However, it does face plenty of competition for the title of 'World's fastest Mini' with this modified 600bhp monster also recording blistering times and taking the 2008 title.
The original Mini Cooper is already established as a cult icon in the motoring world, and its popularity remains strong to this day.
In a public poll held by Autocar during the summer earlier this year, the original Mini was voted the greatest British car ever made.
The car originally launched back in 1959, and 5.4 million units of it were produced in its 41 year production run.
Written by Stephen Goldasz