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.
Boost controllers and remaps
The turbo is driven by the exhaust gases and the faster the exhaust flows the quicker the turbo spins and more air gets forced in to the engine.
If too much air is forced into the engine then it will run lean. This causes an intermittent loss of power and you also risk putting too much pressure on the engine with a surge of power.Alloy wheels and their impact on handling and performance.
Some rally style alloy wheels are lighter – (less weight = more speed) and also are designed to increase the cooling of the brake disks.
Some designs hold up better to being curbed than others and some break very easily when hitting a pothole or curb at speed.
Always go for the best quality alloy wheel that you can afford and read the reports and reviews. If you do go for a different overall size you must get the suspension and tracking realigned to avoid uneven wear under acceleration.High performance sports exhausts systems and mods.
TorqueCars will take a look at sports exhausts as they are very popular modifications, but sadly many mistakes are made.
The job of the exhaust is to break up the sound pulse from the engine, muffling the sound and allowing the exhaust gases to escape efficiently.Particulate filters and FAP Performance gains.
The particulate filter is a stand alone unit. It is located upstream of the cat in the exhaust system and its purpose is to remove soot particles from the gas stream. The cat the proceeds to do its usual job of converting CO to CO2 and is in no way dependent or relied upon by the particulate filter.
In diesels the cats are two way devices and run in unregulated mode (ie. no O2 sensor like a petrol car).
Todays featured car tuning articleChip Tuning – better engine management.
The days of fiddling around in the engine bay with a spanner to make the car go faster are numbered.
Modern engine computers (ECU’s) take over many of the controls of all aspects of engine management from timing to fuelling and more.
This actually means you get better power, a cleaner burn and more reliable engine but it does not mean the end of tuning.
Diesel Hot Hatch
Bonnet Intake Vents
Remote Turbo Kits
Adding A Supercharger
Hydraulic Vs Air Suspension
Wide Body Kits
De Badging Cars
Car Cleaning Tips
Heel Toe Gearchange
Stone Chip Removal
Fuel Saving Tips
How Remaps Work
Best Car P2
Apr Remaps In Yorkshire
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Diesel Hot Hatch
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