Classic Mini electric vehicle

Vintage Minis electrified with EV powertrain kit

Image credit: Swindon Powertrain

UK high-performance engine specialist Swindon Powertrain has launched its 'Classic Mini Kit', which is designed to offer electrification options for any classic Mini car.

Created in response to growing customer demand to electrify classic cars, and in particular original Minis, Swindon Powertrain’s Classic Mini Kit has been designed to ensure that no vehicle modifications are required. The entire kit weighs just over 70kg (dry).

The Classic Mini Kit package comprises an HPD E Powertrain system mounted to an original classic Mini front subframe, utilising brackets specifically designed for this installation. It also includes purpose-designed inner CV joint housings that allow the fitment of standard Mini driveshaft assemblies and comes complete with a standard differential (an optional limited slip differential is also available).

Additional optional EV upgrades available include a 12 kWhr battery pack (which fits under the original bonnet in place of the internal combustion engine); motor controller; onboard charger and DC-DC converter. A speed sensor kit and cooling system pump are also offered.

Classic Mini Kit inline

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“We’ve registered over 500 requests for more information on the HPD E system since it launched, many of which are classic Mini owners who are looking to convert their cars to run on electric power,” said Gérry Hughes, commercial director at Swindon Powertrain.

“We have tried to make our kits as easy to use as possible, re-engineering and re-designing the package so that it fits perfectly in a classic Mini and offer our clients the ability to take just the HPD E Powertrain system or purchase extra optional EV parts.”

Swindon Powertrain claims the kit is suitable for classic car enthusiasts, car specialists or EV conversion businesses that want to electrify a classic Mini. Order books are now open, with prices for the Classic Mini Kit starting at £8,850 (plus VAT). Delivery will begin in December 2020.

The classic two-door Mini was designed for the British Motor Corporation (BMC) by Sir Alec Issigonis and was introduced to the public in 1959. It quickly gained wide popularity, becoming an icon of 1960s British popular culture, with many famous celebrities embracing the diminutive motor. All four members of The Beatles owned Minis, as did Lulu, Mary Quant, Peter Sellers, Steve McQueen, Twiggy and many others.

The Mini's space-saving transverse engine and front-wheel drive layout allowed approximately 80 per cent of the car's floorpan to be used for passengers and luggage, a breakthrough that influenced successive generations of car makers and is a concept that still helps inform new car designs today.

Like other vintage classic cars, such as the VW Beetle and various early Ford models, there remains a passionate and loyal fanbase for the original Mini and the special versions released over the decades, such as the Cooper S sport models.

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