Archive for the ‘Mini’ Category

AC Schnitzer MINI Coupe

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

Mini Coupe is currently the sportiest member of Mini family. But there’s still room for improvement as shown by AC Schnitzer with this package.

Visually, there’s not much to it, just a few chrome detailing and new paint job and graphics. But you do get new Mi2 BiColor18-inch rims with high performance tyres from Continental and Michelin in size 225/30 R 18 or 215/35 R 18 or optionally in 205/40 R 18.

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AC Schnitzer also offers their limited slip differential for the MINI Cooper S Coupé with locking up to 75%, and their sports exhaust system and high-performance brakes.

While the interior gets aluminum pedals and footrests, special handbrake lever, velours floor mats, and a shift knob with digital gear display, the engines currently get nothing. Their upgrades are still in the works.

JM Car Design Mini One R50

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

JM Car Design takes tuning to the next level by turning a MINI Cooper into a full on racing car!

Well, at least in terms of visuals! The 1,6 liter engine has remains unchanged with a dismal 90 hp output. But because it has lots of new racing mechanical bits, it should be better to drive overall.

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The car gets 18 inch white light alloy wheels, and Dunlop tires, KW suspension, and a red Wiechers roll bar, plus Recaro shell seats, and 3.5 inch wide Schroth-4-point belts. The cool thing is that it also gets Clarion multimedia system, with a flip monitor and a reversing camera. Lovely.

On the outside, the car gets a tweaked JCW body kit with front and rear spoilers and wings, and new side skirts, plus LSD doors.

CoverEFX and CFC MINI

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

Two of the finest names in wrapping business have come up with two similar yet different MINI Cooper Works.

One is a John Cooper Works-MINI GP R53, with CFC sunflower complete coating, and the other CFC-anthracite-style blue. Both cars have a black stripe on the bonnet and new side gills, plus tuned suspension and brakes.

CoverEFX and CFC MINI  CoverEFX MINI

They’ve also used hand-crafted and dynamic pressure-optimized exhaust system with stainless steel manifolds and down pipes and mcchip ECU to get the power up as well by 17 hp and 22 Nm.

A Bilstein B16 suspension, an OMP strut brace and a supporting arm of the same origin as well as an adjustable rear stabilizer (17 mm) by H & R keep the car in check and let it handle all the 236 horses properly.

Mac Audio Mini Clubman

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

Mac Audio, manufacturers of amplifiers and loudspeakers, has customized Mini Clubman S as their new show car.

The car has a matte white special color on its John Cooper Works Bodykit, tuned by Wimmer. They provide adjusted engine electronic system, a modified exhaust system and optimized air intake pipes.

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As a result the MINI has now 230 hp. It also gets Stoptech four-piston high performance brake system, the KW coilovers Variant 1 in Inox and the Sportster Recaro CS-seats.

But the most powerful thing in this car is the audio system. It has a handmade 90-liter bass enclosure equipped with 3 x Mac Audio STX Reference-Woofers and 6 Micro X Series amplifiers with a total capacity of 3,900 Watts. The whole system is controlled by the Audiovox VME 9325BTA Head unit which accepts connectivity via iPod, iPhone, USB, DVB-T and Bluetooth.

MINI R53 CoverEFX

Friday, July 29th, 2011

CoverEFX has took a MR Car Design-tuned MINI Cooper R35 and wrapped it in a cool outfit.

The car gets The 17 inch rims from the Emotion Wheels company, and H&R sports spring for better traction and better look. The wheels are finished in black which go well with the silver color of the body.

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The wrap on this car is “teflon-gray-metallic” and “electro-red-metallic”, a pretty unique combination.

The car also benefits from a 240-hp tuned engine. One fast and good-looking MINI then, but the treatment costs 8,000 euro. OUCH!

Romeo Ferraris MINI Countryman

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

One of the best tuning job we’ve seen for the Mini Countryman comes form the Italian Romeo Ferraris.

First off you get a matt blue paint job with silver stripes, complemented by black bits on the fenders and skirts, and blacked-out grilles.

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19 inch OZ Racing II Ultralight alloys wrapped in Yokohama Advan Sport tires (size 225/40R19) are also finished in black, but with outer lip in blue, which goes well with the blue/black theme of the body.

Based on the Cooper S model, the Countryman gets a remapped ECU, a custom intercooler and a sports exhaust system, for an extra 43 HP and 88 Nm of torque. Romeo also drops the car by 55mm, installs Brembo brakes and hooks you up with  a fancy interior.

Scorpion Exhausts For Mini Countryman

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

For a genuine performance gains and a sublime soundtrack for the MINI Countryman, Scorpion exhausts offer their new system.

The new system, which has been designed and hand-fabricated here in the UK, utilises T304 63.5mm Aerospace grade stainless steel tubing and precision CNC mandrel bends to optimise gas-flow and improve throttle response across the rev range.

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The new system bolts directly to the factory front catalyst, providing the perfect balance between full road legality and ultimate performance, ensuring that the car’s emissions stay very close to factory parameters, despite a notable power increase. The exhaust note has been carefully honed to offer a truly sporting tone, without being obtrusive in the cabin.

At £ 720.00 including VAT, this exhausts kit if a bit pricey, but it works.

MINI Countryman by Wetterauer

Monday, June 20th, 2011

For obvious reason, not many people like brown color for their car, let alone a matte chocolate brown!

But that’s what Wetterauer  has done to the Countryman and created a car that is more like a big ice cream. It even got brown wheels. And all that is garnished with some black bits, including the ceramic exhausts.

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The interior is also enhanced with leather upholstery and an iPad multimedia system. Then there is the engine, which gets ECU remap, better air intake system and spot exhausts to deliver 235PS and 355Nm of torque instead of 184PS and 240Nm.

As for the wheels, the car gets it 18-inch ATS rims with Bridgestone Potenza tires in size 225/45 tires.

Mini Cooper Eagle by AC Schnitzer

Friday, June 17th, 2011

Eagle is the name of AC Schnitzer’s latest tuning kit for Mini Cooper JCW and  it’s built primarily as a track car.

The evidence of that is the amazing lap times it’s set at Hockenheim which are faster than Ferrari California. The car has been given a thorough engine upgrade program with modified turbo and intercooler and ECU and exhausts.

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The result of that is 265 hp and 340 Nm of torque. That means 0 to 100 km/h in 5.8 seconds and top speed of 250km/h. Racing suspension, wheels and other stuff. HEre’s the lap records for Hockenheim:

AC Schnitzer EAGLE : 1:13,3 min.
Ferrari California: 1:13,5 min.
Mercedes CLK 63 AMG Black Series : 1:13,8 min.
Porsche 911 Carrera S: 1:14,3 min.
BMW M3 : 1:14,3 min.
Porsche 911 Turbo: 1:14,6 min
Audi RS 4: 1:15,4 min.
Mercedes C63 AMG: 1:15,7 min.
BMW Alpina B3 Coupe: 1:16,1 min.
Audi RS 6: 1:17,6 min.
Ford Focus RS: 1:17,8 min.

Superchips MINI Cooper S R56

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

The latest EC remap kit from Superchips benefits the MINI Cooper S R56 phase two by adding a remarkable amount of power.

The 1.6 liter turbo 180 hp engine will get an extra 25 bhp and 32 Nm of torque with the help of Superchips electronic kit. That results in smoother drive, faster acceleration and overall better driving experience.

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What’s best is that you can maintain the 48 mpg fuel economy of the car intact if you drive the car in the usual manner.

Available for Phase two’ 181 bhp R56 MINI Cooper S models produced from March 2010 onwards, the kit is priced at 455 GBP and comes with a three year warranty.