I was lucky enough to be invited by Ford to attend the Ford Performance GT350 North American Track Tour at Sebring International Raceway last month. It may not be a MINI Cooper, but boy did this 2016 Mustang GT350 R handle well enough to give the MINI a run for its money on the track!!! Check out this video of the event and see if you can spot me!
I was able to see the new Carbon MINI special edition 4 door hardtop in person the other day and I really liked it. So much so that I asked my wife if she wanted to trade in her Countryman for it lol.
Back when I owned my 2006 MINI Cooper S, there was one performance upgrade that just about everyone had on their supercharged MINIs that was known as the best “bang for the buck” – the supercharger reduction pulley. The most common size was the 15% reduction pulley and it delivered about a 25 point increase in horsepower and torque for about $300-$400, including installation.
Fast-forward to today and MINIs are no longer supercharged. The twin scroll turbo has replaced the supercharger and according to the data from our most recent dyno day, there may just be a mod that delivers about the same, if not more, “bang for the buck” for the new turbo MINIs – the NM Engineering Power Module!
Vista MINI, our local MINI dealer here in South Florida, has done it again! After a great show of support to the local MINI community this past weekend at our dyno day by showing up with a factory F56 JCW, today they are announcing a special offer to help those on the fence about the F56 JCW Tuning Kit make the decision a little easier for the holiday season. For the rest of 2015, Vista MINI is offering the John Cooper Works Pro Tuning Kit with chrome exhaust tips and installation for $560 off of their normal price of $2806 bringing the total price of the kit to $2246, including installation! All you have to do to receive this price is mention the promo code “MF2015” when you call and order! Huge thanks to Vista MINI for the continued support of our MINI community!
It should also be noted that Vista MINI is not compensating MotoringFun.com in any way for this promotion.
A few people have asked me to compare Clark’s dyno numbers from August to the factory JCW dyno numbers from this weekend’s dyno day. So before I start posting comparison graphs from yesterday, I figured I would post this comparison for anyone on the fence about adding the JCW Pro Tuning Kit to their F56 Cooper S. Continue reading Dyno Comparison: 2016 F56 Factory JCW and 2016 F56 S JCW Tuning Kit
This past weekend, we had a great turn-out for the Sunshine MINIs Fall Dyno Day that was held at Genesis Automotive in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. When we originally scheduled the Dyno day, we were hoping the weather would have cooled off a bit, but it was still about 92 degrees with 41% humidity. We had a fantastic variety of MINIs from R52s to R55s to R56s to R59s to R60s to F56s all on the same Dyno, on the same day, for some great comparisons!! The highlight of the day was having our local MINI dealer, Vista MINI, support our club in a huge way by bringing out a factory John Cooper Works F56 to put on the Dyno and provide a comparison baseline that we were able to use for the rest of the day to compare all the other cars to MINI’s most powerful production MINI ever!! Huge thanks to Vista MINI for their continued support of the local MINI community!
Below I will post the results for each MINI individually. I will also be posting up some comparison graphs in separate posts soon so be on the look out for those too. Without further delay, here are the results… Continue reading Sunshine MINIs Fall Dyno Day 2015
So this week I received the last planned exterior detail to complete Clark’s transformation – Chili Red door handle covers! These were hard to find – let me tell you!! Apparently due to the various versions of door handles on the F56 MINI (ie. comfort access, non-comfort access, etc.), many MINI aftermarket vendors are not carrying colored door handles anymore. Luckily I was able to find a reputable vendor in China that delivered these beauties as promised.
The handles cost $112 and attach over your existing chrome handles with adhesive tape and provide the comfort access hole cut out already for a great fit. The only modification I chose to do to the handles was to use a Dremel to cut-out a notch for the small LED light on the bottom of the door handle so the light would shine down (this is not required if you don’t care about the light, but I wanted the light to shine on the ground when I opened the door).
I also decided to black out my chrome beltline with some 3M Super 88 vinyl tape to complete the de-chroming. Awesome stuff by the way at under $4 a roll! Big thanks to Lam Lan of Car & Woman Mini Cooper Shop for making sure I received exactly what I needed. If you are interested in some custom door handles or other custom pieces for your MINI, check out their site on AliExpress:
I have gotten a few requests for some close up shots of how the new RSe05 wheels sit on my F56, Clark, and how they clear the John Cooper Works brakes that were just installed this week. I may post some photos later of the actual brake install, but for now, check out these shots of how the wheels and brakes look. I personally think they look fantastic! Continue reading RSe05 Wheels & F56 JCW Brakes Up Close
If you have been following Clark’s progress over the past month or so, you know of the struggles in finding an aftermarket wheel that will clear the JCW brakes on the F56. My JCW brakes have been sitting in a box in the garage for almost a month waiting for new wheels to be installed that will clear the large calipers. After a lot of work on behalf of Jerry at NM Engineering, Clark is now sporting new wheels that not only will clear the JCW brakes, but also helps complete his “Superman” theme
I decided to go with the 17×8″ RSe05’s with a +45 offset and the Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires in a 215/45-17 configuration. The wheels are so much lighter than the stock wheels that the difference was noticeable right out of the gate. So far the Pilot Super Sports are WAY stickier than the OEM Hankook run-flats so handling has improved immensely. I couldn’t be happier with the way the wheels came out and highly recommend contacting Jerry at NM Engineering if you need some custom wheels for your F56 JCW! You can reach Jerry at (800) 423-3623