Q. Where should I start when modifying my MINI?
A. Lohen always recommend addressing the chassis before upping the engine power; aftermarket brakes and suspension completely transform the way your MINI drives.
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.
Q. My R56 MINI is suffering with a hesitation – what could it be?
A. It’s quite common for Gen 2 MINI’s to suffer from coking around the inlet valves. Due to the nature of this direct-injection engine the valves get coated in a thick black residue, which can affect the performance of the car; loss of power, hesitation and misfiring are not uncommon complaints.
It’s therefore possible you’ll need a de-coke service and we offer two levels; simple and full (full details here). There may be other causes but this has been a common way of rectifying general running complaints and is worth investigating. We strongly urge Gen 2 R56 S owners to factor de-coking into your regular servicing plans.