The Car

This mini is classed as a ‘Super Mini’ within the “Super Mini Challenge Race Series” sanctioned by Motorsport NZ. There are four classes of mini in this series, being:
1. Mini Sevens
2. Mini Miglia
3. Super Mini
4. Mini Open Class

The Super Mini vehicles have a slightly higher performance than the Miglia. Rick van Swet built the car, using the best developed components available at the time. You will find her details and specifications below. Rick raced it from 2009-2016 before selling it on. I happened to find it on Trade Me, and felt it would be a great starting out car.

Since purchasing, she has had a bit of a tidy up, with a new race seat, new harness and a full engine tune up and a few replacement components. There is more that I could do, but just one step at a time at the moment!

Engine Series ‘A’ 1380cc Full Race Specification, by Lynn Rogers (Harris Performance Engineering NZ Ltd)

  • Sainz Conrods
  • Forged teflon coated pistons
  • Steel main bearing caps and 4 bolt center main
  • Nitrided crank
  • Billet camshaft with large profile diameter
  • Modified oil pump
  • Lynn Rogers cylinder head with offset valve guides (accommodate large valves)
  • Heavy duty Isky valve springs, titanium retainers, running lash caps
  • Lightweight cam followers, pushrods and rocker gear
  • Lightweight billet flywheel
  • Heavy duty pressure plate, ceramic clutch plate


  • Straight cut ‘dog box’ best ratios from Jack Knight, straight cut drop gears
  • LSD plate differential with extra wide crown-wheel and pinion


  • Custom front mount radiator
  • Oil Laminova heat exchanger with electric water pump


  • Japanese starter and alternator
  • MSD ignition and coil


  • 45mm Weber carburator (high performance components)
  • Race fuel high octane


  • 4 Pot with vented rotors


  • Light weight panels
  • Military specification electrical wiring (fully labelled and light-weight)
  • Extensively engineered Chromoly roll cage in conjunction with Angus Fogg

I’d like to acknowledge Rick for putting his vast experience spanning 20 years of Mini racing and engineering to create a true “Super Mini”. The car will continue to evolve and improve with Grady Homewood from Hi Tech Motorsport and of course Rick’s continued support.

“ I just bought this mini and put it in my wife’s hay barn.  I think I’m going to have to tell her now…”
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