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Part No: NME2016
Foam Element replaces OE filter with washable, reusable foam for better air flow and performance. There is no easier way to pick up horsepower than to simply change your air filter. This high-tech filter will not only reduce the dirt getting into your engine, but the air flow increase will result in a consistent performance increase over the entire RPM range.
Filter comes pre-oiled ready to install.
Fits the following Cooper (non-S) models:
2005-2006 R50 MINI Cooper Hatchback with Manual Transmission
For 2002-2006 Cooper S Hatchback and 2005-2008 Cooper S Convertible, see NME2101.
The principle of how foam air filters work is simple: "Open Cell" Polyurethane Foam is wetted with specially developed filter oil. The "sticky" filter oil is suspended in the path of the dirty air on the strands of the web-like cell structure of the foam. This makes it impossible for dirt to pass through the depth of the filter without sticking to the strands. As the outer strands become loaded with dirt particles, the wetted strands down stream start trapping dirt, allowing the entire thickness to be utilized. This prevents surface loading or air restriction for 80% of the service life of the air filter element. When the filter is sufficiently dirty, it can be easily washed, re-oiled, and re-used.