The idea when creating this machine was to build something that rather feels like an ultrafast go-kart rather than an actual car. Consequently, we took a car that already comes with a lot of that go-kart character from the factory; a MINI John Cooper Works F56 with stock 231 HP.
To make it stronger and faster we have adjusted the software of the 2,0-Litre four-cylinder turbo engine up to the maximum. The results are 300 HP and 470 Nm. To help the engine deliver all the power MANHART Performance fitted a new intercooler. Since compressed air in turbo engines easily reaches about 200 degrees the MANHART intercooler cools down the air which is guided into the engine.
The F300 also received a new MANHART downpipe which not only reduces dynamic pressure and cools down exhaust gases, but also has a massive effect on the sound volume. Due to modified software, a new intercooler and a new downpipe, the F300 is far ahead of any standard MINI JCW. Two 102 mm Remus carbon exhaust tips make the spectators aware of what sound to expect.
The MINI has a great sporty character, but MANHART took it even a step further. The F300 was fitted with a Variant 3 KW coilover suspension and a carbon strut brace for additional stability. As an official KW partner, MANHART is aware which massive advantages in terms of agility are reached when you fit a KW suspension. The F300 has got improved steering qualities. It turns in like a real go-kart and despite the JCW’s impressive weight of 1.29 tons it feels very nimble due to the pretty stiff suspension.
The MANHART F300 is not all about performance. It is also supposed to show how customization can turn a little hatchback into something very special. The transformation starts on the exterior where the car wears a suit in “British racing green” adorned by a gold livery all around the car. MANHART 19-inch multispoke wheels in a matching gold colour fit right into the F300 colour scheme. To give the F300 its final touch, it was fitted with an AC Schnitzer front spoiler lip, which is only a little detail but makes it look way more dynamic.
The real magic happens in the interior of the F300. A custom MANHART leather/Alcantara interior is what the driver and passenger are greeted by. The seats as well as the steering wheel are covered with black Alcantara. On the seats one can find bespoke yellow contrast stitching in a diamond pattern. Rounded up by a set of floor mats with MANHART writing the F300 is something very extraordinary to sit in.
The MANHART F300 is raw, shouty and very fast! The perfect car for anyone who searches for an extraordinary pocket rocket rather than just a sporty hatchback.