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The other day, I watched the Italian Job with Mark Wahlberg and Charlize Theron. The old and new Minis reminded me how much fun you can have with these small cars. If you don’t have a John Cooper Works version with factory performance upgrades, you can still add a little zing to your Mini.
You can make small improvements in horsepower to dropping a big honking Hemi engine under the hood (see the video below!).
Video taken at the Adirondack Nationals in Lake George, NY. This car got a LOT of attention.
Here are 10 tips and parts you can make to take your Mini’s performance to the next level. They will fit any budget and any application…more power for the street or better handling for the autocross.
I would suggest that for perhaps 95% of people the use of a rear sway is the best and only option. I would NEVER attempt to drive a Mini Cooper in any kind of performance way without a rear bar. In fact, I recommend it for anybody that asks, even for 100% street application.
Mini Cooper Without John Cooper Sport Brakes – Approved Performance E11166R – (Front & Rear) Set – Premium Performance Drilled and Slotted Brake Rotors
2006 Mini Cooper Without John Cooper Sport Brakes Approved Performance E11166R – (Front & Rear) Set Premium Performance Drilled and Slotted Brake Rotors
Mini Cooper Performance Parts: One Owner’s Story on Upgrading His Mini
My Mini Cooper Upgrades: Making A Mini Cooper Faster – YouTube
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