You make it drive better. It's that simple.
Few classic car brands have managed the same comeback as Mini has enjoyed with its range of small city cars and its crossover, the Countryman. The modern Cooper Hardtop still enjoys a massive fanbase, and now that the Cooper Electric is here, things are looking really sunny for the British (German) brand.
A key ingredient to Mini's success has always been its ability to build fun cars. Mini Coopers have never been the fastest cars on the road, but they have enjoyed a massively successful career in motorsport, and tuned versions of the Mini Cooper still terrorize both the street and track.
We love a well-sorted Mini, and this example by Dutch tuning company Beek Auto Racing and Mini Speed just reminds us why these cars are so great. Beek Auto Racing took a standard GP3, the fastest model Mini has ever built, and turned it into an even more capable beast. "We wanted to improve the vehicle on three key ingredients; performance, handling, and sound," the company's website says.
Beek started by improving the handling by fitting a custom 5100 suspension kit from Dutch specialists AST Suspension. The anti-roll bars were also changed to an adjustable set, and the car now rolls on a set of larger 235/40/R18 Michelin Cup 2 tires.
Under the hood, the 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine has been boosted to 330 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque. A Milltek cat-back exhaust was also fitted. For those who want 350+ horses, a larger intercooler and downpipe are also offered for an additional cost. The exterior now features a Blue Gem and Gloss White vinyl wrap inspired by the Ford Escort RS Cosworth. The crazy wheels and massive rear wing are also nods to the legendary Ford.
On the inside, this Mini now features an Alcantara steering wheel and carbon-fiber trim. American Mini fans can head over to the tuner's official website to check out over 700 products dedicated to the Mini brand.