Largely considered the original workhorse of the fleet, Lohen’s Cooper D Clubman has led a quiet life since she joined the Lohen line up in 2007. Yes, we heard all the cries of ‘But that MINI’s door’s on the wrong side!’ and, sure, she’s more carthorse than thoroughbred but we couldn’t be without her.
MINIs are charming; totally unique, just like their owners. But, let’s be honest, they’re also small (after all, they’re not called MINIs for nothing…) This hot hatch has provided oodles of fun for a huge number of owners but quite a few breathed a sign of relief when the Clubman was presented; boot space! Extra legroom! Longer wheelbase!
Initially the Clubman was chosen to fill a gap in Lohen owner Andrey's personal motoring requirement. The hatch models carry little boot space and make transportation of people and goods difficult if anything beyond a regular day out. The additional capacity soon meant the Clubman became the go-to MINI for longer days out and holidays and the diesel engine generated a sensible amount of torque meaning the car was fun to drive without costing the earth in fuel.
Soon after Lohen’s racing ambitions became a reality, the Clubman was tasked with transporting team members up and down the country to some of the UK’s finest race circuits. Her most notable outing included a trip around Brand Hatch’s Grand Prix loop after a logistical mix up, but perhaps the less said about that the better?!
Tuning has remained relatively modest on this Cooper D engine. We’ve installed a Forge Front Mount Intercooler and seen a nice improvement to overall cooling and drive, but no huge power increases to speak of. This MINI runs by far the most comfortable suspension setup for a MINI by incorporating Koni FSD Dampers with Eibach Lowering Springs – sporty yet compliant, the ride quality has not been compromised and she handles superbly.
The Lohen Cooper D Clubman is a sophisticated looking car with colour-coded arches and OZ Racing wheels to suit. She’s been shod with the finest rubber in the business from time to time and currently enjoys Pirellis as her day-to-day tyres. We’re proud to have such a comfortable MINI available to customers as a courtesy car and welcome people to test drive the fantastic suspension.
- Cooper S Brake Upgrade
- Front - Cooper S Calipers
- Front Pads
Wheels & Tyres:
- Wheels - 17" x 7", Black
- Kumho Ecsta KU39 - 215/40 ZR17
Please note: parts installed on the Lohen Demonstrator MINIs are subject to change. If you wish to test a specific part it's worth calling us to be sure it is still on our MINI.