Big brakes and fire escapes

Update by Per Schroeder to the Mini Cooper S project car
Feb 24, 2003

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We’ve got a Stoptech front brake upgrade kit on the way. We’re hoping to solve our brake fade issues altogether with this monster upgrade. We’ll have to get another set of 17” wheels as the 16”s will not clear the rotors or calipers on the new brakes.

We are going to be replacing the MINI Cooper S’s lug bolts with a stud/nut combination from BBS. This will help us with quick tire changes and allow for the use of wheel spacers for our large brake fitment.

While we’re getting all those pieces together, we finished the installation of the Firecharger fire system. The neat thing about this piece is that it can be recharged at home in just a few minutes with a kit that is available at a reasonable price from Firecharger We mounted the fire bottle behind the the seats, where the rear seat used to be. The system has two zones, one that sprays into the driver’s footwell and the other that sprays into the engine compartment.

Since we’re going to BIG brakes, our OE 16” wheels and even our BBS RKs weren’t going to clear the huge Stoptech calipers. We went with a new BBS RV, a forged 17 x 7 inch wheel. They weigh in at a very nice 15 lbs. The Stoptech brake kit will be installed in our shop in a few days.

We’ve also gotten hold of a prototype RDR rear anti-rollbar that is even larger than the one that we installed prior to our first track event. That should help even out our handling in the dry.

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