Mini tuning information with articles and pictures about modified Mini cars for Mini tuning enthusiasts.
At the 2013 Life Ball event in Vienna, Austria this Roberto Cavalli gold-themed Mini Paceman sold for €150,000 or $194,000 with all proceeds helping HIV/AIDS. This is the most expensive Mini ever sold at a Life Ball auction, and Ralf Schepull, the head of Mini brand communications said, “We are very pleased that the one-off MINI has sold for a record price and can thus make a special contribution to projects dedicated to fighting HIV/AIDS. The charity principle is an important part of the MINI brand, which enjoys a unique platform through this partnership with the Life Ball.”
One of Germany’s lesser known tuning companies, Wetterauer Engineering GmbH has created a new package for the MINI Countryman Cooper S. An interesting foil wrap in this matte brown color was chosen to cover the car, while a new set of 18-inch ATS rims wrapped in 225/45R18 high performance tires complete the exterior look. Inside the MINI Cooper you will find four new lightweight racing bucket seats made of carbon fiber and wrapped in black leather for extra comfort. Pull back the sun visors and you will find blue LED lights for a customized feature, and a oddly placed iPad that looks like you’d smash it with your hand while shifting into fifth gear.
The tuning firm Vilner has made the MINI Cooper S quite luxurious with their latest project. This masterpiece was inspired by the recent MINI Goodwood, a Rolls-Royce designed project. Now the tuners have redone the MINI Cooper S with Bentley styling for the interior. It consists of brown Nappa leather and Alcantara with a diamond shaped theme lining the seats, doors, and roof. Black leather trim compliments the unique Nappa leather, while the exterior received some interesting modifications as well. The MINI Cooper S was wrapped with a matte-grey foil, has black racing stripes running down the car, and a black roof. New 18-inch alloy rims were installed to round out the MINI tuning package, and they are finished in a matte color as well.
Although MINI and Rolls-Royce have the same owner, these two British brands were never meant to share the same styling or performance. A Texas based tuning company name BMP Design was able to fit a Rolls-Royce Allison 250-C20B jet engine from a helipcopter in a Mini Cooper S sports car! You can only imagine what 420 horsepower and 400 ft-lbs of torque feels like in a lightweight car like a MINI. Driving this custom powerful machine must be a challenge, since the driver will have to balance the standard controls, along with the separate levers controlling the fast jet engine. Check out the video after the jump of what a car with a rocket engine sounds like, and see fire shooting out the roof.
Check out this unique Mini Cooper JCW sporting a Louis Vuitton inspired wrap put together by the guys at CoverEFX. Besides the car wrap, the Mini also received gold metallic accents, matte gold trim, black leather, a KW suspension kit, and 17-inch alloy rims wrapped in high performance Toyo tires. Surprisingly the tuning firm offers two performance packages for the Mini Cooper. The first stage features an optimized ECU, sport exhaust system, and high flow air filter for the 1.6-liter turbo engine. After installation it was able to produce 236 PS and 350 Nm of torque, but the stage 2 is able to improve it even further.
The German tuners from Schmidt Revolution typically specialize with alloy wheels, but have now released a fully tuned concept project on the MINI Clubman Cooper S called Streetworker. With the focus point being the new 18-inch Cirrus alloy rims, the company offers this fancy style in any color ranging from the matte blue to carbon black. They come wrapped in high performance Continental tires measuring 215/35R18, while the exterior of the car was wrapped in a matte blue foil wrap, and contrasting matte black roof finish. Completing the aesthetically appealing kit is a Streetec air suspension to drop the car up to 60 mm, while also being able to raise it 40 mm over the factory height. Engine tuning was performed on the MINI Cooper S to increase the output to 200 horsepower and 250 Nm of torque.
The German tuners at Nowack Motors have released an upgrade package for the Mini Cooper S and Mini Cooper S JCW to make the mini sports car a blast to drive. The tuning company has released the kits in three stages, N210, N230, and N260, which each state the horsepower figures in their names. For the first stage of tuning, the Nowack engineers installed an ECU upgrade and a free flowing air filter to bring the number to 210 PS. The Mini Cooper N230 package gains an addition 20 horsepower from the remapped ECU and a new stainless steel exhaust system.
Fresh off the car tuning market is the Mini Cooper S by Prior Design, and it features several exterior modifications to make it one of a kind. Prior Design only focused on styling the Mini car, so they went with a body kit and a red and black color scheme that looks bold. The new body kit for the Mini Cooper S consists of many pieces, one being a new front bumper for 429 euros that allows swapping of the original fog lights. Along with the good looks, the front bumper increases airflow and adds an aggressive look for such a small sports car. Down the sides are new side skirts priced at 349 euros, and they deliver a smooth look from the front to the rear of the vehicle. Underneath is a diffuser that can be mounted center, right, or left of the exhaust system, and it is available for 419 euros.
The German car tuning firm Arden has customized the Mini Cooper Equipe for the 40th anniversary of the Equipe model. Naming it the Mini Equipe 2009, the special edition features a few exterior styling upgrades. A chrome grille was fitted on the front, and a stainless steel mesh insert was placed in the rear bumper. The revised exterior includes aluminum 18 inch wheels with an interesting 9-spoke design. Inside the Mini Cooper Equipe is a sharp two-tone color scheme with hand stitched leather seats, dashboard, and steering wheel. Arden also added equipment and tuning to the engine to increase the performance numbers.
The car tuning specialists from Germany, AC Schnitzer have customized the sleek Mini Cooper R57 Convertible and it turned out quite well. The tuning program created a complete body kit package including a new front spoiler, rear skirt, and decals to make it unique. Also adding to the exterior of the Mini Cooper R57 Convertible, are several wheel packages available to choose from to fit your look. Under the hood, the German tuners tweaked the computer to increase its horsepower from 175 to 208 hp. AC Schnitzer also tuned the suspension while adding aftermarket parts, and even adding a few accessories to the interior.
Arden is a German car tuning company well known for modifying British cars, mainly Jaguars and Land Rovers. They are now expanding their business by reaching out to Mini lovers, and tuned this Mini Cooper S. Their first project is going to be tuning the S model based off their very own Cup race car, which will be racing in this year’s Mini Challenge. The driver, E. Piro will enjoy high quality materials like Connolly leathers, premium woods, and carbon fiber decorating the interior. What makes Arden special is that they process all these materials by hand in their upholstery department.
Mini Cooper S is a sportier version of the old Mini Cooper with a new engine and a stiffer suspension. The car can’t reach incredible speeds but for it can accelerate really fast and it’s great handling makes it one of the most easy and fun to drive cars. People used to say that Mini Cooper “handles like a go-cart” and we think it’s easier to park than a motorcycle. The guys from Prior Design made a special styling kit for this tiny car which makes it look more aggressive. The new body kit is made from new front and rear spoilers, wide side skirts and the car also received new rims equipped with wide tires and a lovely body paint.