Even after just one corner, it’s undeniably apparent that this Mini is a proper handful to drive. The reason is that it has an Audi Quattro powertrain with 870PS (640kW) and 1,040Nm (770lb ft) of torque which, frankly, we’re surprised doesn’t pull the car apart. And this isn’t just one insanely fast modified Mini, there are others, as this is the first race of the 2017 Mini Festival at Brands Hatch. Strap yourself in for 17 minutes of total madness.
Video: Racing an 870PS Quattro‑swapped Mini is disgustingly fast
The driver is Chris Slade, and he’s up against a Mini estate that is also quite clearly modified. But where the Quattro beast seems to be a rocket on the straights and a tricky swine on the corners, with Chris patiently waiting to get back on the throttle, his rival seems to be able to carry more speed through the bends and get on the power earlier. The pair have strengths in different areas, then. To make the battle even more entertaining Chris is dealing with a gearbox that clearly wants to retire from motorsport, and after 10 minutes or so they both start lapping traffic. Honestly, how either of these drivers keep the cars on the black stuff is beyond us.
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