The Phoenix, GPR769

 

A car so mighty, it took three MINIs to make one.

All the good stuff from the Blimey cabrio and GP0769 (together, Locutus), combined on a virgin R52 chassis. Shooting for 350+whp, that can be flogged all day and all night at the track and in the twisties.

Engine / Performance:

  • RMW 1.8L stroker motor:
    * Engine/head core from GP0769
    * Bored and sleeved
    * RMW billet stroker crankshaft
    * RMW rods and forged pistons
    * RMW baffled oil sump pickup
    * RMW Stage II Big Valve Head w/27mm exhaust valves
    * RMW Dominator high-lift cam
  • RMW TVS Supercharger Kit (coming soon):
    * Harrop TVS 900 supercharger
    * RMW billet SC inlet / outlet
    * RMW front mount intercooler
    * RMW billet intake manifold
    * RMW teflon intake manifold gasket
    * RMW 8-rib belt system w/ ATI damper and billet AC delete bracket/pulley
    * Dual pass radiator
  • RMW 550cc injectors
  • RMW fuel rail w/high pressure FPR and return (coming soon)
  • DW Fuel Pump
  • Vipec engine management system (coming soon)
  • MINI factory ECU from GP0769 (for annual state inspections)
  • RMW Axles
  • OS Giken LSD w/ OSG fluid
  • OS Giken STR Clutch
  • Greene Performance Clutch Slave Cylinder
  • Pre-facelift long-gear transmission
  • Derale deck-mount remote oil cooler with dual fans and thermostat; RMW oil cooler adapter
  • Helix Short Shifter
  • MINI JCW intake w/AMSoil Nanofilter (flapless)
  • RMW long tube header w/Swain Tech White Lightning coating
  • Milltek exhaust w/custom mid section, v-band fittings and JCW exhaust tips (from GP0769)

Suspension / Brakes:

  • GP rear alloy trailing arms from GP0769
  • Greene Performance coilovers w/Swift 8kg/mm front / 9kg/mm rear springs
  • Greene Performance Camber/Caster plates
  • Hotchkis 25mm rear adjustable sway bar
  • Hotchkis front adjustable sway bar
  • Whiteline adjustable end links
  • Hotchkis upper and lower rear control arms
  • Powerflex black LCA bushings
  • Vibra-Technics engine mounts
  • GTT strut bar
  • Detroit Tuned front 16″ BBK w/Cryo treated rotors & custom brake ducts
  • 2nd gen MINI rear calipers w/SP Performance rotors
  • Castrol SRF brake fluid
  • Carbotech XP10 F / XP8 R pads

Exterior:

  • Custom Thunder Blue repaint. All factory GP badges, vinyl, bumpers, trim, side skirts, under-body panels; some from GP0769
  • Full bonnet, front bumper, skirts and mirrors clear bra
  • Aerocatch Xtreme hood latches
  • RMW rigid front carbon fiber splitter
  • GP2 rear diffuser w/custom brackets and trim
  • Custom rear Lexan “duckbill” spoiler
  • MiniFini trailer hitch, for towing the track trailer
  • Custom rigid rear “tonneau cover” / deck lid
  • Custom bikini soft top
  • Custom removable hard top (coming soon!)
  • Custom height jack points

Interior/Safety:

  • Custom 6-point roll cage
  • Dash panels, door panels, gauges, pedals, shifter, dash pad from GP0769
  • Driver’s seat: OMP HTE-R FIA halo seat, OMP low-rise steel brackets
  • Passenger seat (street): OMP Style tuner seat on MINI OEM slider base
  • Passenger seat (track): Sabelt Taurus halo seat, Sabelt steel brackets.
  • Schroth Hybrid / Profi II harnesses (6pt) w/ASM shoulder straps for 4pt street use
  • Dual Euro parcel shelves, modified to fit around roll cage
  • JCW leather/carbon/alcantara steering wheel, shift knob and brake handle
  • Redline black leather shift and brake boots w/red stitching
  • Outmotoring pedal covers
  • Custom diamond plate floor mats
  • Longacre 17″ convex race mirror
  • Helmet hook
  • Safecraft Halon fire extinguisher, BK cage mount
  • Dash-mounted emergency battery cut-off switch
  • Coolshirt 13qt cooler, lines and shirt with custom speed controller

Electronics:

  • MINI factory cabrio HK sound system, head unit modified to fit around roll cage knee bar
  • Dension bluetooth kit
  • Shift paddle cruise control hack (MFSW controls hidden)
  • Zeitronics sensor and gauge system with wideband O2, boost, EGT; boost/wideband gauge, digital display unit, data logger
  • DepoRacing oil pressure / oil temp / boost gauges
  • Auto-Blip
  • Craven gauge pods (modified)
  • Scan gauge II
  • Valentine One
  • ProClip and rollcage mounts for iPhone 6+
  • Deka ETX20L lightweight battery

Wheels / Tires:

  • 949 6UL 15×8 w/Nitto NT-01 225/45R15 (track)
  • Kosei K4R 16×7.5 w/Toyo R888 225/45R16(street)

So what makes it a GP? 

Well, the chassis certainly doesn’t have a GP VIN. Because they didn’t make any of those in topless form. And you shouldn’t just cut the roof off a tiptop, because the cabrio chassis has extra steel to make it stronger and stiffer.

But it does have quite a bit of content from the original GP0769… As much as I could save:

  • Engine and head (built into RMW 1.8l stroker)
  • Intercooler (soon to be replaced with RMW FMIC)
  • ECU / speedo cluster / tach / EWS (immobilizer module) / keys and lock cylinders
  • Transmission bell housing
  • Engine/transmission hard mounts
  • Assorted hoses, vacuum lines, brackets, and other engine/transmission related hardware
  • Alloy rear trailing arms
  • Shifter
  • Pedals
  • Steering column assembly
  • Dash trim panels w/GP0769 badge
  • Interior door panels and trim
  • Dash top pad
  • Brake booster / master cylinder
  • Right side skirt & sill plate
  • Black portion of left side skirt
  • Front bumper “splitter” trim
  • Parking lights, side scuttles, corner marker lights
  • JCW badges (F & R)
  • Windshield washer jets
  • Right window
  • L & R Door Mirrors
  • Parking brake & shifter cover trim
  • Cowl grilles
  • Wiper assembly
  • Air intake hose
  • Under body panels
  • JCW exhaust tips
  • Right taillight
  • Boot handle assembly
  • Rubber S floor mats
  • GP carpet floor mats

And the other parts it needed to make it look like a GP (front bumper cover, hood trim, rear bumper inserts, painted left side skirt, mirror caps, badges and vinyl, etc.) were purchased as new OEM parts.