This past weekend I had the honor of witnessing the MINI John Cooper Works Racing Team of LAP Motorsports dominate in the BMW Endurance Challenge for the season-opening race of the IMSA Continental Tires Sportscar Challenge at Daytona International Speedway! It was amazing to watch the 3 LAP Motorsports MINIs race the field on the high banks of Daytona and pull out a win in dominant fashion!
I will be posting full video I shot from victory lane soon, but I wanted to share this recap video of the race day to congratulate Luis Perocarpi and the entire LAP Motorsports team on the amazing performance and win!! Can’t wait for Sebring!!
This past weekend, the Gold Coast MINIs and MINIs of Brevard got together for a drive-through safari adventure at Lion Country Safari in West Palm Beach, FL. Here is a slideshow of the event. Thanks to all who came out and helped make it a great event!
This past weekend was the first time running the full course at Sebring since I last drove it in 2008 in my 2006 R53 MINI Cooper S, Scooter. Last year I was lucky enough to take the Ford Shelby GT350 R out for a spin at Sebring, but it was the club course and not the full 3.7 miles. All I can say is WOW!! I wasn’t sure how well the F56 MINI would perform on the track compared to the R53, but I was quickly impressed by not only the power, but the amazing handling I was able to get out of the MINI Dynamic Damper suspension coupled with the NM Engineering lowering springs, control arms and sway bar.Overall, the car felt amazing around the track. Plenty of torque allowed me to power out of turns in 3rd gear without having to drop to 2nd. One the straights, the 2.0L engine provided plenty of power to not let the higher horsepower V8s get too far ahead ;).Body roll was almost non-existent, which made for a very stable and comfortable feeling whipping through the twisties. I had forgotten how much I love being out on track and am very happy to have had this chance to get back out there and surprise some Corvette owners again lol.
A few of us in our local MINI club are trying to plan a track weekend at Sebring later this year. To get some practice in, I hit the track in Forza 6. Here is a quick 3 lap race at Sebring in a 2013 MINI John Cooper Works GP, recorded off Forza 6 on the Xbox One. The controller I used was the Thrustmaster TMX Force Feedback Steering Wheel and Pedals. The GP’s horsepower in the game was upgraded slightly to just about 300hp due to some in-game mods ;). Enjoy!
As promised, here is a video showing one of our Dragon runs from MINIs on the Dragon 2016 a couple of weeks ago. Myself and my friends Todd and Terrence took a spirited ride down US 129 aka The Dragon and it was an absolute blast. Hope you enjoy!
Some people have asked what is involved in installing the NM Power Module and have asked for an install video. After speaking to Jerry at NM Engineering, he put together the following video to take all the guesswork out of an already simple procedure:
Big thanks to Jerry for putting this video together!
For those that remember my 2006 MINI Cooper S, this week I received an update on Scooter that he hit 130,000 miles and is doing well in the cold weather in Indiana! His current owner has quite a list of mods planned including:
-Cravenspeed adjustable shifter
-Cravenspeed boost gauge holder
-Stacked boost gauge
-Condor speed shop weighted shift knob (made for bmw e30s)
-Outmotoring speedo/tach faceplates
-MSD coil pack
-MSD 8.5 plug wires
-NGK step colder plugs
-DDM intercooler diverter in black
-DDM intake and intercooler couplers
Here is a video that was just shot this week of Scooter. Man he still sounds great!!
The guys over at WhiteRoofRadio.com spent some time this week discussing Clark’s Dyno results and how the most bang for your MINI buck currently is an F56 Cooper S with JCW Tuning Kit. Take a listen and see what they thought:
So I have discovered if you start the car with the exhaust flap open first thing in the morning, an awesome sound is produced for the first minute or so as the engine warms up and the idle sits at close to 1500-2000 rpm. Pardon the dirty MINI in the video as this video was shot right before I detailed lol.
I brought Clark down to Ft. Lauderdale, FL in 100 degree heat (yea yea I know – not ideal conditions) for his baseline Dyno run this weekend and I was quite impressed with how he performed. I expect to have the raw data from the dyno shop e-mailed to me tomorrow morning so be on the look-out for a post with SAE corrected graphs and more detail. Until then, enjoy the video below: