Category Archives: MINI Products

MINI JCW Team Gear Is Finally Here

After many months of requests from various fans of the MINI JCW Team, you can now officially order your very own MINI JCW Team Jerseys!!  Available in Mens or Ladies cuts, the jerseys feature the MINI John Cooper Works Racing Team logo on the front and a graphic of the 3 LAP Motorsports MINIs on the back.jcwshirt-front

Jersey Features:
* Dye-sublimated T-shirt with full color coverage
* Imprint will never fade or crack
* 100% Performance Polyester
* Lightweight, breathable mock-mesh finish
* Moisture wicking with 50+UV protection
* Machine wash cold, dry low, no bleach
* Made in the USA

jcwshirt-backAll adult sizes are $48.00 with free shipping within the US.

Email to place your order or head on over to and visit the online shop!

F56 Key Fob Mod

If there is one thing I would have liked as an option with the F56 is a smaller sized key fob.  The standard key fob is HUGE and oddly shaped.  A few of us over at North American Motoring have been discussing options since last year and thanks to the beauty of 3D printing, a viable solution looks to be available!!dsc_0880_resize_169ad69e8fd507630d4fb48560bae86986bb6322User “devries from the Netherlands designed this key fob cover in his 3D studio and uploaded the design to so that we all can order one!  It is available for $7.50 in 11 different colors/finishes and looks to be a pretty good fit.  Screen Shot 2016-04-04 at 10.32.14 PMThere currently is a promo code over at that gets you $10 off your first order.  Just use promo code “a9fau” to receive your discount and you pretty much get this key fob for free (just pay a couple dollars in shipping)!

Happy Cyber MINI Monday!

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!! If you are like me, you avoided the chaos of Black Friday door busters and spent time with friends and family instead.  That being said, I am never one to pass up on a good online deal.  Today is the last day to take advantage of a few great deals for your MINI! has a site-wide 10% off sale going on with the code “CYB215“.  Also, don’t forget to take advantage of that special discount code,“MF2015” over at NM Engineering for 10% off the NM Power Module!  If you see any other MINI-related Cyber Monday deals, make sure to let us know!

Special Offer: Save $560 On The F56 JCW Pro Tuning Kit

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!vista-jcw-promo

It should also be noted that Vista MINI is not compensating in any way for this promotion.

Clark: Final Exterior Details

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).

IMG_0970I 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! IMG_0973Big 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:

Car & Woman Mini Cooper Shop

RSe05 Wheels & F56 JCW Brakes Up Close

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!IMG_0644 Continue reading RSe05 Wheels & F56 JCW Brakes Up Close

New Wheels In Preparation of JCW Brakes

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

Found: A Wheel That Clears The F56 JCW Brake Kit

First off, a HUGE thank you is in order to Jerry at NM Engineering for going above and beyond in assisting in this project.  When I first went looking for aftermarket wheels for the F56 JCW Brake Kit, I didn’t realize how much of a challenge it would be to find ANYTHING available in the after-market.  Every option that I found required spacers to push the wheel out enough to clear the massive Brembo calipers of the JCW Brake Kit.  As I described in part 1 of this project, Jerry agreed to get his hands on a JCW Brake Kit himself and install it on the NM Engineering test F56 to see what could be done to bring to market a wheel that would clear the brakes without the need for spacers. If you recall from part 1 of this project, Jerry was going to enlarge the center bore and reseat the lug holes of the NM Engineering 8″ wide VW spec wheels so that they are perfectly matched to MINI spec (66.5mm and canical seat lugs). After various test fittings, here are the options that are available for customization to clear the JCW brakes: Continue reading Found: A Wheel That Clears The F56 JCW Brake Kit