Classic Mini updated with BMW M3 styling | Chip Foose Draws a Car – Ep. 14

Chip Foose reimagines the timeless Mini using BMW M3 styling.

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33 Replies to “Classic Mini updated with BMW M3 styling | Chip Foose Draws a Car – Ep. 14”

  1. No offence chip it looks goofy the original mini is hard to improve on because of its timeless design bmw did an OK job of modernisation but has started to forget what made mini appealing a small well engineered and easy to drive car that just about anybody could drive with its perky A SERIES engine and its short and nimble kart like handling it became a cultural icon if you look at an original the roof look squatty towards the rear and has extremely small overhangs with wheels being right in the 4 corners it made driving it a breeze.

    Sorry rant over being from UK and mini being a British marque ide say the mini is perfect in each and every way

    1. The problem with “timeless designs” from decades ago, is that they are very unsafe. BMW didn’t forget what made them appealing.

  2. Chip – If you haven’t done so already, you should check out what Bad Obsession Motorsports has done with a Mini. Name of the series is “Project Binky” … Not that it changes out the styling much, they just do some awesome re-engineering by making it an AWD. Flippin’ awesome, to say the least.

    1. @Nick Turner MCM put a Honda V-tech engine into theirs.Bad Obsession Motorsport are putting a full 4×4 system into theirs with a flip front that is a thing of beauty.

    2. His designers aren’t for purists or lovers of the standard car even. They’re for the idealist car lover who enjoys seeing what if’s.

  3. I dare anybody to with a Mini or M3 to measure their engine bay/powertrain and post it for me here.
    I’d wager to say this is wishful thinking

    1. I worked at BMC/BL many years ago and have driven dozens of Mini’s, I noted above that if someone actually put a M3 engine/trans in the car the front seats would be in the back.

    2. @BubbaSmurft What about doing this with a modern Mini? I think a project like this would work better as a modern Mini but with an entire body restyling to make it look classic, rather than trying to shoehorn everything into a classic Mini. Honestly, giving a modern Mini a classic look would be more unique than yet another classic Mini project, with yet another engine swap.

  4. Styling, Styling, Styling, the European small cars “PCR” (Peugeot, Citroen, Renault) are on it since a decade, we can buy it, we want it, so, free the designers !!

    1. Yeah, don’t think he knows that and it tossed his entire perspective off, guessin’ he thought they were 13 or 14’s. (or that the entire car is only 10′ long)

    1. Adapting a modern Mini to have the classic styling would work better for Chip’s concept. Something like this would be so much better working backwards from what’s modern, rather than working forwards from what’s classic.

  5. There isn’t much that hasn’t been done to a classic mini yet. I remember iirc it was seventies mini pickup with a big block chevy v8 in the load bed running the rear wheels FFS!!!
    So it may not be to my taste, but hell knock yourself out Foose 👍

  6. That’s what I call a nice little twist to a British classic especially in the hands of the master of chip foose I wonder if he could do a drawing of a Škoda Estelle or a Rapid now that would be awesome.

  7. I owned a 1984 Austin Mini when I was stationed in Germany back in ‘94-‘97. It was a blast to drive. Like driving a go kart on the highway!

  8. Love whar foose does to cars, but when he started going on about 18″ wheels on a classic mini, you know he has lost the plot. Don’t think he clue on how small a mini is.

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