V18-powered Austin Mini with 12 turbochargers

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The 2010 Goodwood Festival of Speed is due to kick off in West Sussex, England tomorrow. The event will play host to countless vehicles with big engines and wacky designs, but the Cummins Austin 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 is 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 mad-man 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 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 Austin Mini with no fewer than 12 turbochargers. Power peaks at 2 610 kW while torque is a massive 14 000 N.m, or 175 times the original vehicle’s 80 N.m.

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