Generation 1 FAQ's

Q. Do I need to fit an intercooler if I have a 17% reduced supercharger pulley?
A. Yes, we find that the Intake Air Temperatures (IAT’s) get very high with the standard intercooler. As well as making the MINI's engine running safer, a quality aftermarket intercooler will also allow you to use all of your MINI’s potential right the way through the rev range as the ECU will not pull the power back due to overheating.

Q. Which compound of brake pads do you recommend?
A. We sell a wide range of options when it comes to brake pads, but we tend to prefer the M1144 compound from Mintex. We run them in all of our road cars as they give an incredibly good bite from cold and also perform well when they get hotter. That said, we strongly urge all customers to contact the Lohen Team to discuss how you use your car, as what suits one may not be suitable for another. We'll take the time to listen to your needs and recommend a pad to suit from there.

Q. Where should I start when modifying my MINI?
A. We would always recommend addressing the chassis before upping the engine power; aftermarket brakes and suspension completely transform the way your MINI drives. However, when it comes to the R53, a reduced supercharger pulley is high up on the list due to the relatively small cost for such a large gain. You just can’t beat that supercharger whine!