Sep 25, 2002 update to the Mini Cooper S project car

Preparing for SEMA

Our Silver MINI
Soon after we got our Cooper S, it was cannibalized for its desirable Sport seats.

The SEMA Show is quickly coming up, and we have been busy ordering parts so we can prepare our Cooper S for autocross as well as track events. The idea here is to show people how to properly use a MINI—some may consider the car to be cute, but it can haul, too.

The UPS man has already delivered several cool parts, and they’ll be on the car soon: UUC Motorwerks exhaust, 17x8-inch BBS RK wheels, H&R springs and a BMP Design gauge cluster. Kumho tires are on the way, along with some other cool items. Once we have what we need, we’ll be doing some dyno and track testing.

Our Cooper S has already served as a parts car of sorts, donating its Sport seats to our Cooper. Since the same Sport seats are an option on the Cooper, this modification is legal for SCCA Stock class autocrossing. The Sport seats may be a little heavier, but the support is worth the extra bucks.

Our car is no longer camera shy, and can be easily seen, it’s a Pure Silver model featuring black mirrors and roof. It’s also a very early production model, as its date of birth is Sept., 2001. Options on the car include Dynamic Stability Control ($500), fog lamps ($140) and the metallic paint ($400). (However, our favorite option is the no-cost cassette deck.)

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