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Link ECU Build of the Week #7 – R53 MINI Cooper XT

Date: 3 weeks ago

“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


*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


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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