Mini Tuning Tips and Modifications
Maximise your Minis driving pleasure
Mini car tuning tips and advice. We have a wide range of tuning articles covering all models of Mini from small engined family cars like the classic mini to large engine hot hatches with the John Cooper Works conversion and the Cooper S. With the success of the Italian Job movies both modern and classic Mini have a passionate following of dedicated enthusiasts. Following our tuning tips you will avoid many of the common mistakes and actually achieve the car setup you desire. Please join the forum for model specific questions and answers and to meet other owners and see what modifications they have done.
TorqueCars started providing Mini performance tips, car styling and car modification help and advice back in 2003 and have grown from strength to strength with a fast growing membership of all types of cars including many, Mini owners including the new Clubman and coupe. We are currently one of the fastest growing car tuning clubs around and certainly one of the friendliest.
Our Mini tuning articles and styling tips and features are constantly being updated and refined so to keep upto date with what is hot in the tuning world and for the most recent Mini performance,styling and modification advice, tips and pointers please check back regularly. We strongly recommend that you join our Mini forums and swap performance ideas with like minded Mini owners in the performance forums.
If you have a Mini project underway we would love to hear about it, the Gallery section in the forum contains some interesting projects. Scroll down the page to see our latest tuning articles for your Mini.
Turbo tuning stage 1-3: Aftermarket OEM turbos upgrade kit.
TorqueCars look at the turbo upgrade options from larger turbos to hybrid turbos and examine the benefits and drawbacks of each option with suggestions on how to choose a suitable turbo upgrade and hit your tuning goals and aspirations.
The more power you want from a turbo the greater the amount of heat it will generate and the bigger the stress on the internal components.Weight reduction and lightening a car to increase performance.
Maximise your performance gains with strict weight reduction. "Weight reduction. Putting your car on a diet.." Lighter cars are quicker and the handling is much better. Obviously taking out the seats, carpets, radio, seat belts, headlining and air conditioning will turn the family car into a rather impractical daily hack. But throwing in a few […]Are stretched tires legal and safe
What are stretched tires and are they safe? A question we get asked over and over again but there are 2 schools of thought on this subject and we aim to cover the pros and cons in as open and unbiased way as we can.
This is a tyre which has been fitted to a much wider rim than it was originally intended or designed to fit. Stretches vary from an inch to around 3 inches. It has gained a lot of popularity in VW circles and the look is really starting to take off.Fuelling uprating the fuel pump, injectors and fuel pressure regulator
More power means that more fuel is required so we need to uprate the fuel system and we look at performance mods for your fuelling to avoid running rich or lean.
It is essential to keep the mix of air to fuel exactly right. Power is lost when the engine adjusts itself to stop it running too rich or lean. Many power losses, which manifest themselves as flat spots, at certain points in the rev band can often be traced to a fuelling issue so we will look at performance fuelling upgrades and parts.
Todays featured car tuning articlePrinciples of porting an engine and big valve conversions
The inlet and outlet ports on the engine block are usually larger than those of the manifolds that connect to them.
This allows for scope in the manufacturing process to allow for mismatched alignment.
Generally the engine ports are larger in the upstream flow direction avoiding turbulance but power gains can be made by matching these up.
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