“Pure Adrenaline & Pure Excitement” is how James Michael describes driving his MINI Cooper around circuits such as Nurburgring, Spa Francorchamps and Silverstone.

It’s no wonder, with 411 wheel horsepower and a list of over 100 modifications, that the 2005 MINI with an R53 Turbo engine conversion brings him such pleasure.

The street legal Cooper XT is regularly taken to race tracks where the absolute most can be extracted out of this amazing package. A lightened crank, forged pistons and rods, a screamer pipe and 38mm waste-gate make up just a fraction of the full Specifications list (found below).

This MINI now has four times the power output than original.

Starting life at 94 horsepower, James purchased this car in bone stock trim. It now pumps out 473 bhp, after he has completely transformed the car from the inside out. Not one bolt has been left un-turned.

British Link ECU Dealer 1320 MINI are experts in the field and helped James out with installing a Link G4+ MINILINK PlugIn ECU. The PlugIn ECU gives the MINI a real on track advantage, enabling features such as boost by gear, launch control, anti-lag and traction control.

The Link ECU also sends information directly to the Aim Dash in the cockpit, so James can see real time data, in addition to that which is available via PC Link Data Logging.

Other engine management features 1320 Mini have set-up include:

  • OEM Idol hardware support
  • 5D Support with 3 switchable tables
  • Quicktune
  • Individual cylinder correction
  • Staged Injection

James is eagerly awaiting event restrictions to ease, so he can attend some planned track days this year. Goals include doing a sub 8 minute lap at Nurburgring, as well as driving at Brands Hatch, Silverstone, Castle Combe and more!

We here at Link ECU can’t wait to see this special MINI in action at Castle Combe. In the meantime we will just have to keep a watchful eye via social media.

Social Media Links:

Insatgram – @bkcooperxt

Facebook – 1320 Mini

  • CooperxT specification
  • MINI R53 engine
  • 28/73HTA dual ball bearing hybrid turbo
  • Gold custom billet wheel
  • Tial v-band
  • 38mm wastegate
  • 3″ 1320 downpipe
  • Screamer pipe
  • Tial bov
  • 2% enlarged lightened crank
  • 1000 injectors
  • Cat cam (billet)
  • 1320 sidewinder exhaust manifold
  • 1320 custom billet collector
  • 1320 Ported head gs valves and crown springs
  • Forged pistons
  • Ported inlet manifold
  • Relocated throttle body
  • Link PlugIn ECU
  • Forged rods
  • 3″ custom BORLA Exhaust with decat
  • Clutch master FX500 clutch
  • Clutch master Single mass Flywheel
  • Pro alloy FMIC and Rad
  • 1320 custom MANIC Map
  • 6speed gear box
  • Quaife 1.5 LSD
  • AEM AFR Gauge
  • Cooper S fuel Pump
  • MSD leads
  • Custom header tank


  • Mini Gp rear wing
  • Mini Gp front bumper
  • Mini GP sideskirts
  • Mini Gp boot
  • Mini Cooper s bonnet
  • Jaguar bonnet vents
  • Carbon wing mirrors
  • Carbon door handles
  • Carbon splitter
  • OEM Xenon head lights with custom halo
  • Custom terminator eye
  • Rear wiper delete
  • Custom light brows
  • Smoothed arches
  • Pearl black wrap
  • Brushed black warped roof
  • Custom wrap tattoos around the car


  • MINI R56 custom recaro seats (diamond stitch alcantara with Bentley leather including personal logo)
  • Custom dash (bentley leather top with diamond stitched alcantara underside)
  • Custom alcantara stitched gators
  • Rear seat delete (diamond stitched alcantara)
  • Custom sun visors with personal logo
  • Custom floor mats with personal logo
  • Custom bonnet cover with personal logo
  • Carbon complete interior
  • OEM satnav installed
  • Omp baby steering wheel

Wheels and Tyres:

  • OZ formulae HLT 17″ et25 wrapped in Yokohama AD08R


  • 330mm MINI R56 Brembo 4pot
  • R56 rear calliper conversion


  • BC RACING coilovers (camber dampening rebound and height settings)
  • Adjustable rear anti roll bars
  • Shortened front drop links


  • Boost controller
  • Turbo timer
  • Upgraded sound system
  • Short shifter
  • Cooper S fuel cap
  • Battery relocation

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