Originally our red turbo’d MINI Cooper S was purchased as a potential donor for a race car build. She'd led a hard life of almost 100,000 motorway miles and had been driven hard along the way. The engine was tired, suspension in need of attention, bodywork fairly average and just generally requiring of some tender loving care. In the end another donor was chosen for the race car build so we took her under our wing and set about making Chilli a demonstrator MINI we could be proud of.
Lohen always aims to create MINIs to inspire, to create a focus for modification and something for MINI owners to be wowed by; Chilli is no exception. The range of performance parts chosen for this R56 MINI reflects Lohen’s desire to show you can install a range of top quality after market tuning upgrades without sacrificing any of your MINI’s refinement.
In this car we wanted to create a MINI that was visually superb so installed a brand new John Cooper Works bodykit to improve the silhouette. We attended to any bodywork misdemeanours as well as colour-coding to mirror our other stunning demo cars and lavished attention on the fixtures and fittings with a range of John Cooper Works carbon fibre accessories both outside and in.
As the car slowly evolved we paid special attention to the MINI performance and tuning market, selecting a range of hardware parts to compliment a recent Manic Motorsport Remap and helping to create a Gen 2 MINI most customers would aspire to. The car is driven hard on a day-to-day basis and performs beautifully. It’s the perfect way to showcase superb MINI performance combined with all the creature comforts the refined MINI driver is used to.