• Feb 25, 2011
Mini Cooper S Turbine – Click above to watch the video after the jump

Every once in a while, a car comes along that really gives us pause. This is one of those times. On the one hand, a jet-powered anything is cool. On the other, this is a Mini Cooper S that utlizes its original, turbocharged inline-four and an old Rolls-Royce/Allison 250-C20B helicopter turbine to make a combined 650 horsepower that can't dust a GT-R on the drag strip. It seems a little... anti-climactic.

Still, we must tip our hat to the Floridian hoon who ordered up this beastly Mini Cooper S from BMP Design out of Tyler, Texas. His heart is in the right place, and he's sure to surprise anyone he lines up next to.

We're especially fond of the custom-made roof, which is designed to let the turbines burp their fiery exhaust without roasting the fool sitting behind you in traffic. The throttle for the twin jets, which require their own separate fuel tank, is a handle next to the driver's seat – a feature lifted directly from the chopper the engines were born in.

Regardless of our misgivings about the Mini this jet-propelled bomb is based on, hoonage on this level deserves some serious credit. Check out the videos after the break, and try not to mind the lame soundtrack.

[Source: YouTube via Jalopnik]





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      • 3 Years Ago
      America , a country where anything is possible .
      Love the second video, with the Bond music . Now jay will have to buy to go with his bike .
      If a 640 hp mini was to be bought though I think I would go with PML's 640 hp electric Mini , 160 hp in each wheel .( build in 06-07? ) 0 - 60 in the 4 1/2 second range . Pity nothing ever came of it . Great tech , a better electric car than current offerings imo .

      http://www.treehugger.com/files/2006/08/the_hybrid_mini.php#
      • 3 Years Ago
      The "original inline-four" on the R53 Cooper S was supercharged, not turbocharged.
        • 3 Years Ago
        It "utlizes" the original engine. Whatever "utlizes" means. No spell check FTL.
      • 3 Years Ago
      They clearly crammed it in the boot
      • 3 Years Ago
      This thing is road legal?
      • 3 Years Ago
      Neat idea, but a mad waste of money.