Steve Holland from Dutchy’s Garage set out in 2020 to build a unique 1961 Mini using a 2010 Subaru WRX powertrain. Two and half years later and a lot of custom fabrication, he created the MiniRex.
Sitting in back of the car is a turbocharged 2.5 L EJ25 flat-four supported by a custom tubular subframe. The motor produces 191 kW (256 hp) and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) of torque to the hubs on a Haltech Elite 2500 ECU. Steve also fabricated a custom stainless steel exhaust.
Power is sent to the rear wheels through the WRX five-speed manual transmission with a limited-slip differential and 3.90 ratio. Steve converted the transmission using a Subarugears RWD kit.
The Mini rides on Steve’s custom tubular subframes. It features control arms and brakes taken from a Mazda MX-5 NB. In the factory engine bay sits a custom 45-liter fuel tank.
On the inside Steve installed 2004 Subaru WRX seats. The custom dash holds a Haltech digital display. Steve controls the transmission using Toyota MR2 shifter linkage with a custom shifter.
Listen to Steve explains to Luke from Fullboost how he built the Mini before driving it.