This week’s 2010 Goodwood Festival of Speed in West Sussex, England, will play host to countless vehicles with big engines and wacky designs, but the Cummins Mini may just be the biggest and the wackiest.
Cummins is the world’s largest independent manufacturer of diesel engines. The largest engine it makes in the UK – the 11-tonne QSK78, used to power mining industry dump trucks capable of carrying 360 tonnes – was on display at a previous show and drew the attention of one daft punter who asked if it could be fitted to his Mini.
The rest, as Cummins’ communications director Steve Nendick explains, is history:
“We never like to let a challenge go by unanswered so we got to thinking maybe we could fit the QSK78 into an original Austin Mini. It proved to be a bit tricky to fit under the bonnet but our engineers came up with a more creative solution,” Mr Nendick said.
“We’re certain that the Goodwood crowd will have difficulty believing what they are seeing.”
The result is a 78-litre V18-powered Mini with no fewer than 12 turbochargers. Power peaks at 2610kW while torque is a massive 14,000Nm, or 175 times the original vehicle’s 80Nm.