June 17th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham
Being the fastest of the bunch is seldom a bad thing, extra speed usually equals extra kudos. This fact hasn’t been wasted on the BMW Group which recently set about building the world’s fastest Mini.
Called the Eagle concept car, this mean Mini was pieced together by specialist BMW tuner AC Schnitzer. To prove its ability and take its place as the Asafa Powell of Minis, the concept was taken to the Hockenheim circuit where it turned in a cracking lap time of 1:13.34. To put things into perspective a standard issue Ferrari California achieves a time of 1:13.5 and a Porsche 911 Turbo 1:14.6 – so the Mini was very rapid indeed.
The Eagle is based on the standard John Coooper Works platform and uses a modded version of its 1.6-litre turbocharged engine. Power output is fairly modest at 194kW but the vehicle’s weight has been further reduced by 80kg. Other tweaks include height adjustable racing suspension and sharp 18-inch alloys with sport tyres. Continue reading “AC Schnitzer builds Eagle concept – world’s fastest Mini (+video)” »
November 26th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham
No one really knows XTR Carchip, but the Berlin-based tuning company is making waves with its “X-Wide” Porsche Cayman project. Designed as a daily-driver-turned-track-tool it underwent a major exterior overall, with a detachable CFRP front splitter, guards, side skirts, carbon fibre exterior mirrors and an adjustable rear spoiler, along with some blinging central locking 18-inch BBS RS wheels wrapped in Pirelli rubber.
In the cabin, the stereo and air conditioning have been kept, but a set of Recaro GT3 seats with six-point Schroth harnesses and a roll cage make it ready for a late night assault on Hockenheim.
In terms of performance it’s a little disappointing for now. The only modifications to the engine are a Super Sprint Magnum cat-back exhaust and an ECU tune which takes total output to 310 horsepower and brings a top speed of 284 kph. However, XTR isn’t stopping yet and are working on a twin-turbocharged version that will reportedly put out around 850 hp when it goes on sale early next year.