I believe a recent issue of EuroTuner magazine mentions replacing the factory sunroof with Plexiglass or Lexan or something... not too much info given, but there is a pic. From the looks of it it seems they did the same thing as what is described on MCO, pull out the sunroof in one piece and plop the plexi in its place. The plexi may weigh a bit more, but would be a bit nicer, with such a big panoramic view like that...
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Is most of the weight that's added to the top of the car with the sunroof in the glass, or in other structural-rigidity parts that are added? Like would you end up lighter or heavier than a MINI without a sunroof at all if you did the CF/lexan replacement?
Hey Grinder, yea itís like 70 some pounds or something like that. I talked with George (madness) about this and it was allot of weight removed. I am not sure he is going to sell this piece because he had it specially made for the Car and Driver Super Tuner Challenge happening tomorrow. I heard a rumor that he got 250hp out of the car but canít confirm. The only Mini in the competition. Make us Proud!
Bryan, I know the Sunroof is really heavy, but I was wondering if ALL that weight can be easily removed. I thought it might also be from extra bits welded to the actual frame of the car to make it more rigid (since there is a big hole in the roof). Is it really all just in the glass, surround, and opening mechanism? If you did remove the sunroof and replaced it with CF or lexan would you end up with a lighter car than if you didn't get the sunroof at all?
I wonder if you replaced just the glass with Carbon Fibre panels (i.e. leaving the mechanism, etc. in place) if you would save a significant proportion of the total weight of the mechanism. You'd still have your sunroof (or moonroof, or whatever) intact and useable (i.e. it would slide back when you want to get some noise in the cabin...)
Are there any other carbon composite pieces out there in the aftermarket? (I'm talking serious, weight reducing pieces, not interior trim parts.) I remember seeing something a while back about a hood. That would be very cool.....probably expensive too since it has to hold the lights and all...
The car needs to lose some lbs one way or another!!
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