Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Blown Rotary Imp

The Hillman Imp approached performance in the same way that the Mini did - light weight, nimbleness and chuckability were the key factors, so massive power figures really weren't necessary.
Of course, 'necessary' is entirely subjective. With the engine sitting in a reasonably-sized boot space, there's plenty of scope for swaps - so, how about a supercharged rotary engine...?
Swapping the standard 875cc four-pot for a Mazda RX-7 12A Wankel will immediately yield huge power gains, and strapping on a supercharger is a brilliant exercise in overkill given the Imp's kerb weight of around 700kg. With a stripped-out interior and almost no silencing beyond a dinky Micron bike can, this thing must be a real assault on the senses as well as being ballistically quick. Looks like great fun.
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6 comments:

Kieron Ash said...

Hey, that's my Imp :)

juice said...

It's really cool - hope you don't mind me sharing... :)

Arashi said...

No, not at all mate, it's such a cool little car and I love to see other people as excited about it as I am :)

juice said...

Have you spoken to any magazines about featuring it? If not, let's talk...

Arashi said...

No, I didnt build the car so dont deserve any credit for it. But if they are cool with that, then I'd love to see it featured :)

juice said...

Send me an email to daniel.bevis@leoburnett.co.uk
:)