Mini John Cooper Works By Manhart Is The Ultimate Pocket Rocket
THE MANHART GP3 F350
Almost 20 years have passed since MINI was successfully relaunched as a BMW brand. The small car is especially popular in high-performance model variants, in which the much-cited karting feel is especially pronounced. The crowning achievement is the John Cooper Works GP Limited, which recently launched in its third edition. Of course, the top version quickly attracted interest from MANHART Performance and its Dutch partner MINIspeed.eu, powered by Beek Auto Racing. The result is the MANHART GP3 F350 – which, like the base model, is produced in a strictly limited edition
As usual, the number in the new name represents the performance value. Instead of the already generous performance of 306 hp and 450 Nm sent to the front wheels of the small car, the JCW GP’s two-liter B48 turbocharged four-cylinder now generates an impressive 350 hp, while maximum torque increases to 530 Nm. This increase was achieved thanks to the remapping of the ECU by Dutch MINI specialists at Beek Auto Racing in The Hague and the installation of a MANHART intercooler from Airtec. The offer also includes a replacement hose for the gasoline particulate filter and a MANHART cat-back exhaust system, manufactured by Remus. Thanks to a four-stage flap control, the latter allows an even more robust motorsport sound than the standard system.
In addition, the optimized MINI also receives look adjustments that further refine its extremely sporty appearance even in standard condition, in part thanks to the fender flares and a large rear wing: the JDCustoms team from the Countries – Bottom provided full matte black film, heirloom decorative stripes and gold accents. The strut with black MANHART lettering and the decorative stripes on the lugs of the matt black MANHART Concave One rims are in the same color. They are screwed to the MINI in 8.5 × 19 inches and covered with non-slip tires in 235/30 ZR19. With the JCW GP having a convincing chassis ex works, MANHART limited itself in this regard to the installation of lowering springs manufactured by AST Suspension, which lower the body by 20 millimeters at the front and 15 millimeters at the back. A full range of coil spring suspension systems is being developed by Dutch specialists at AST Suspension.
When developing components for the JCW GP, MANHART worked closely with the Beek Auto Racing team, which also operates one of the largest MINI-themed online stores in Europe: MINIspeed.eu. In cooperation with this very successful platform, MANHART will offer various other tuning parts for the John Cooper Works GP on request, such as the additional digital multi-function gauge from P3Cars or exterior and interior accessories from Cravenspeed.
The F350 is not yet the end of the line for MANHART tuning for the JCW GP. At the moment, there are already several other engine stage upgrades in the final stages of development: a carbon intake, as well as downpipes and another exhaust system setup will be available soon, which will make the MINI even more powerful. MANHART will soon release another limited edition of the same JCW GP, which will feature another unique color scheme while also being modified in collaboration with its partners in the MANHART style.