Today, there's no end to classic Mini tuning. Go fiberglass-bodied and bike-engined, or start with a brand new Mk1 bodyshell and the loudest Cooper engine money can buy, and either way, the resulting car will be wilder than what Sir Alec Issigonis could have imagined. Unless he saw what a certain Señor Albacete came up with as his "test bed" in the 1970s.
Antonio Albacete started out with open wheelers before moving into touring cars, and more recently, trucks, which turned him into a three-time European Champion.
His father was also a racer, as well as a talented mechanic who after seeing the Minisprint Geoff Thomas and Neville Trickett came up with in England, decided to do one better.
Used as a development prototype and hillclimb/circuit monster, had chopped pillars, a more slanted windshield and a clamshell hood, as well as the doors and the trunk lid made of aluminum. What side impact protection? It's a Mini!
To add to the wider body, the Spanish master also threw in a roll cage, an aggressive limited-slip differential, upgraded brakes and various engines, including one that revved to 9000rpm.
For a brief time, the Mini left the Albacete family, but that couldn't stand for long. Today, the car delivers the drama as close to the ground as possible, riding on beefy, ten-inch Dunlop rubber.