Superb new Suzuki Hayabusa engine kit launched last weekend at Race Retro by product development specialist’s Vetech, based in Buxton, Derbyshire. The rapid prototype experts have re-packaged the Hayabusa, complete with gearbox, into a 1299cc monster delivering 190bhp and have come up with a ‘plug and play’ package to suit the Classic Mini.

Courtesy of the company’s fiendishly clever drive system that incorporates reverse gear along with a Q      uaife ATB limited slip differential, packaging is first class.

So impressive is it, with billet engine mounts and the like that it looks OE quality and doesn’t require any modification to the Mini’s bodyshell or panels. The added bonus of that, of course, is that it doesn’t require an IVA test.

Vetech’s engineers have fully modelled the engine in 3D CAD and will be available fully assembled at £13,920 or in kit form (price to be announced).

More on this one very soon with more information from or 01298 213 810 ENDS.