The Minari kitcar was designed by Andy Borrowman and Sean Prendergast of Minari Engineering Ltd, based in Staffordshire.
The Minari was designed to accept almost the entire running gear from the Alfasud. It even used the donor car's instruments, fuel tank and wiring loom. It used a composite monocoque body, with steel subframes supporting the engine, in conjunction with the front crossmenber from the donor. It used the original suspension, but with shorter coil springs, to 'stiffen' and 'lower' the ride.
Apart from the non-standard coil springs, the 'comprehensive' kit included the (Citroen AX) windscreen, single wiper mechanism, Mazda MX5 front side/indicator lamps and Mazda 121 rear light clusters.
Many owners chose to use Mazda MX6 headlights (as on the demonstrators), but the quad headlight setup was supplied as standard.
The cars very high and wide sill design makes it extremely solid, and the sud/33 handling characteristics, with high power to weight ratio makes for a rewarding drive.
Most cars are Mk2 Roadsports, however a small number of the less curvacious MK1s exist, and also a number of Mk2 RSRs (no screen speedster) were built, mainly for racing.
There were aproximately 120 kits sold throughout the '90s. Early cars were Alfasud based, but most were built using Alfa 33 donors, with some cars using the later injection engines, including a small number of quad cam '16 valvers'.
Minari Engineerings own final demonstrator was a mint green 16v car, with Momo 'Ferrari' alloy wheels.
Many cars were built or part built by a company called Chameleon Cars, who were sales agents for the Minari during the late '90s.
Minari Engineering no longer exists, but the people behind the Minari were involved with a Subaru Impreza Turbo engined prototype 'supercar' called the Delphino Ferroce.
The Delfino was further developed into the Murtaya by Adrenaline Motorsport.
The Minari is going back into production by Peninsula Sports Cars using the Alfa 33 as a donor, with plans to re develop to also take more modern running gear.
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