At Mattallics Detailing, we had been on the lookout for a raw hot hatch to add to the motor fleet. It needed to have an abundance of character, drivability and potential. So, taking all things into account, we arrived at a Mini Cooper S R53 (2005). The Mattallics Mini is a facelift R53, with a Teflon Supercharger and Chilli Pack; we’ll get to the technical jargon in a minute…
Now, this car isn’t going to be turned into a gleaming show car for likes and aesthetic appreciation, but rather a little track/street car which can be, simply put... exploited!
We are opening up opportunities to organise track events, networking and more of an involvement with customers and brand reps. This has been in the pipeline for a short while, but with an ever-growing business to manage and the ‘interruption’ of a global pandemic, plans we’re skewed slightly. But, here we are.
So, let’s get into it. The Mini was chosen for a handful of reasons and in particular, its ability to perform at all levels of driving. Of course, the tasteful spec and existing mods had a major part to play. On the ripe mileage of 86K, she’s not even run in. The Mattallics Mini is a decent specification, bagging a factory upgraded (and stronger) Teflon supercharger, full pan roof, limited slip differential, heated seats, H&K Speakers, Chrono pack and a load of other features. The LSD and stronger supercharger were the two tasteful things we were after. The mini has already undergone some attractive aftermarket modifications which consist of 17 x 7.5 et42 Ultralite F1 Matt Bronze alloys, weighing in at 8.7Kg each. We can’t forget the cold air intake system, Scorpion non res cat-back exhaust, Tein lowering springs, upgraded intercooler and the R56 Brake upgrade married onto drilled and vented discs with braided brake lines. *Gasps for air*. Nowhere near track prepared or where we want it, but the Mini has no idea what’s in store for her!
You guys will be seeing a lot of the Mattallics Mini floating around on our social media and website, and we’ll be updating the blog as to its progress regularly.
We’d love to get you guys involved in its build. So any collaborations, sponsors and/or suggestions on making this house fly of-a-car into something special, get in touch!
Thanks for reading and as always, stay well, look after one another and keep those garage king motors meticulous!
The third blog update on the Mattallics Mini Street Project. The main work carried out in preparation for Curbourgh Sprint Circuit. Undergoing some further maintenance and customisations. We go into further details on the specific parts/mods purchased and the reasons why we've chosen to run them on our project mini.
We go into detail on the issues the mini was having and how we managed to resolve them. Our mini Has been away for a few weeks whilst its been having some deep engine work being carried out in preparation to hit the track! Whilst we had access to parts of the engine, various tuning went down and a bit of an interior strip out took place.