Sometimes, the key to a good lap time is to drive in such a way as to not lose the hard-fought momentum you've already gained. Such is the case when you don't have a lot of power underhood and you've got more road-holding grip than horsepower.

For an excellent demonstration of this technique, we turn to Achim Korden, owner of the so-called Ringmini. This 1971 Mini Clubman Estate is powered by a 1.6-liter Honda four-cylinder engine from a fourth-generation Civic ED7. Suffice it to say, it's a revver that likes to spin as fast as you're willing to push it.

Click past the break to see what one Honda-powered Mini Clubman, piloted by a driver who knows his way around the Nurburgring, can do around what appears to be a somewhat slippery and damp track. Pay special attention to how much time the little Mini-that-could spends at top speed.



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      Scott Sliwinski
      • 3 Years Ago
      He caught up and Lapped the Mini, with the Mini Engine... (LOL) +1 for Honda!
      Sportbike
      • 3 Years Ago
      Imagine Honda's new K20 supercharged motor in that mini, it'd rip that old car apart. How fast is the Ariel Atom powered by Honda around that track?
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Sportbike
        New? There's nothing new about that engine except for the supercharger.
          torqued
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          Make it 4 silent, downvoting trolls! Or not so silent. They added a supercharger, which changes the dynamics of the engine. It's new. Not revolutionary, but new as in it didn't exist in this form before. And really, that's what you got out of his post? You're going to argue the semantics of the word "new"? Trolls are people who show up in every thread, posting about something unrelated to the article to get a rise out of people. Congratulations Elmo, you got me.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
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          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
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      JP Chow
      • 3 Years Ago
      This should be studied by all drivers who wish to tackle the mighty 'Ring. Smooth driving. I love the sound of the suspension squeaking as you hear it get loaded in the turns.
      Robert Evans
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is my ultimate dream car! How much fun you could have with it! And put a 1.8 Type R or the newer K series engines (if they fit) and I would be golden!
        AP1_S2K
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Robert Evans
        yea i agree.... but it'd be almost too crazy 200-320hp NA
      WheelMcCoy
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow! Skill, and a wonderful engine note. And the driver and car completed the ring in probably under 9 minutes (length of video).
      Jim Ken
      • 3 Years Ago
      Awesome
      The Law
      • 3 Years Ago
      Honda sucks!
      EverythingBagel
      • 3 Years Ago
      There`s a reason why people stuff these Honda motors in things for fun. Honda, if you still give two *****, do something..anything like you used to.
      flammablewater
      • 3 Years Ago
      So smooth! And the exhaust on the motor actually sounded quite nice. Small Honda racing engines usually sound like lawn mowers.
        NightFlight
        • 3 Years Ago
        @flammablewater
        Lawnmowers rev to 9,000RPM? That's news to me... Riced out Civics with D series motors and a fart can sound like lawnmowers, this does not.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @NightFlight
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          flammablewater
          • 3 Years Ago
          @NightFlight
          The civics at the track on the weekend sounded like raspy hornets. I'm not denying that they were fast, but they didn't sound the Subarus or the Corvettes.
          ShadowVlican
          • 3 Years Ago
          @NightFlight
          subaru's are the sweetest sounding 4 cylinder engine in production imo...
          AcidTonic
          • 3 Years Ago
          @NightFlight
          I'll stick with my Evo IX and 4G63T thanks. I think any 4 cylinder making crap power sounds bad.... I would have quiet exhaust on my Evo if I wasn't making over 400hp from my 2.0 I4.
      mrx19
      • 3 Years Ago
      Random thought.. Why is every possible surface in Germany covered with graffiti? Beautiful country - but every overpass, building wall, even racetracks, etc. Really sad.
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @mrx19
        What you think is graffiti is not the same as what's on this track. What you're seeing is stuff painted on there from the Nurburgring loyal.
        Need Mulally 4 Ford
        • 3 Years Ago
        @mrx19
        I actually like the graffiti on the Nurburgring, makes the track even more unique
      Todd Dunning
      • 3 Years Ago
      Having a pristine 1967 1380CC A-series mini, I can say this guy is as ballsy as it gets. His home-made race mods are admirably old-school and not the high-dollar pro bits from minimania or se7en enterprises. Though a VTEC mini like his is a tall order, even better is the mid-engine Z-cars with optional Hayabusa power and chain drive. It looks like a mini until you get up close and it's basically a big tube-frame race Kart with a cromoly rollcage and fiberglass shell. They're street legal and there is nothing anywhere that will touch it in sub-100 mph conditions.
        AP1_S2K
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Todd Dunning
        actually I doubt this was a VTEC, D series engine. Even the stuff that came in the 92-95 EG's only had VTEC on the intake side.... it would have been nice to hear this car really scream with a B16a
        David Avery
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Todd Dunning
        I have a 94 SPI mini awaiting a Twin Kam conversion engine from Specialist components. 130hp and 8K RPM redline, all in that same lovable light mini package. I agree, I don’t know if I'd push my mini that hard!
      Asa
      • 3 Years Ago
      http://youtu.be/xqrk8bfosno Here is another good one. I have been wanting to to this for a while now www.superfastminis.com
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