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SilverBeast Gets GP Under Tray Fitted

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A long while back we installed the GP rear diffuser on SilverBeast. This improves the aerodynamics under the car and gives a more appealing look to the rear of the car either side of the exhaust.

It is because of this visual improvement, giving the car a beefier, sportier and more purposeful look, that this modification has been so popular.

However, without the engine under tray from the GP2  also being fitted then this modification in truth is purely aesthetic and gives no aerodynamic benefit at all. However, match it to the engine undertray and you have the same aerodynamic set up under the car as the GP 2 and this does make a difference.

Above is what SiverBeast looked like before the engine under tray was added and below is how it looks with it installed.

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Yep no difference can be seen at all unless you crawl under the engine bay. This is why there has been a much lower take up on having the under tray fitted, compared to take up of the rear diffuser as a modification.

In terms of aerodynamic handling I doubt I drive the car hard enough to notice much difference. That is the honest answer but having spotted other signifcant differences, I don’t doubt that is does work in making improvements in the handling.

Two things we have noticed. First, the noise. This car not quiet and a lot of the noise comes from road noise under the car. The car is a lot noisier than an R56. You had to either talk or listen to the radio but not both. Now, with the undertray fitted, you can have the radio on and still be able to talk. Now we can hear the engine more which is a much better noise than the road noise that dominated before. Also we can pick up the windscreen windnoise which again was drowned out by the road noise from below. For these benefits alone we feel the under tray has been a worthwhile benefit.

Secondly, we have a better fuel consumption. We are now getting an extra 2 to 3 miles per gallon on what we got before. I kid you not here.

So there you have it the GP2 under tray. It works!


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SilverBeast Gets His Red A-Panels

 All of our cars have common features, they all have a 500 on their number plate and they all have their own number BP500 -1, 2, 3 and 4. BP for Beastie and peanut, 500 as on the number plate and 1,2,3 or 4 depending on which car it is.. The MINIs all have one more common feature, they all have A-panels in the same colour as the roof. Cooper Beast is red with a white roof and white A-Panels, ClubBeast is Pepper white with a black roof and A-Panels and now finally SilverBeast has the look too, being silver white with a red roof and A-panels. Just in time for our forthcoming roadtrip to France and Italy, where we drive the 1000 mile route of the Mille Miglia road race. Continue reading


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Himley Hall MINI Meet – 12th May 2013

 It has been a few years since we last went to the Himley Hall MINI meet and as we have always enjoyed the show it was time we went again. We went with YAM MINI, which gave us a chance to catch up again with some old friends from the MINI community whom we had not seen for a while, the Gidfather, SMonster, Tweedbean, Supermario, to name but a few. As always it is this opportunity to renew old friendships that makes these MINI events such fun. Continue reading


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SilverBeast Photoshoot

 SilverBeast has had his red Joseph Ducts fitted in the front bumper and a diffuser fitted at the rear.  The next step will be his red A-panels and his private plate as he readies for his first major European tour, to the South of France and on to Italy to retrace the route of the Mille Miglia. With the sun shining so brightly and the jet streams looking so good in the blue sky, I could not resist a quick photo shoot of the Coupé, to show off his ducts and diffuser. Continue reading


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Mille Miglia Drive – The Plan

 We watched James Martin compete in the Mille Miglia in a programme, shown on BBC2 way back in January 2009. We were inspired by the documentary and immediately made a promise to ourselves to see the race and one day drive the route. The programme also mentioned Stirling Moss’ record breaking time to complete the Mille Miglia in 1955. A 1000 miles from Brescia to Rome and back at an average speed of 98.53 mph in 1955 on normal roads! To me the most amazing achievement in Motor sport history. This one single fact sums up the very essence of this race and its importance in Motorsport history.  Continue reading


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Mega MINI Meet Lytham Hall – 21st April 2013

 This was a static MINI get together with some traders and other MINIs to admire and an opportunity to pick up tips and get ideas for future mods that we might fancy. We stayed over at my Mum’s in Buckley the night before and with an early start, we planned to be at the meet before 9.00am. We knew there were a number of other groups travelling to the show but we had made no definite plans to meet up with any of them to convoy to the show, we just hoped that we would find them on the way. Continue reading