Yep same here. I emailed GTT a few months back asking for a quote to ship parts to me here in Oz and got no response either. :-(
Very disappointing as I thought GTT appeared to be a reputable & professional company. I'd gone to some effort to be specific about what I wanted them to quote me for.
I'm going to try again emailing them again in early new year. I might also try a long distance phone call as a followup - hopefully once they realise they've got a serious potential customer on the line, they will then engage with me and respond to my queries. Shouldn't be this hard though....
Yes - totally agree. The upgrades I was wanting them to quote was potentially worth thousands of $ of sales to GTT - yet not even a reply to my email. (I hope someone from GTT is reading this post and take note).
Can only assume either they are not checking their emails as they should, or maybe they are just doing too incredibly well in their local market to bother answering queries from overseas customers such as myself.
However I'm not convinced yet to give up on GTT - so as I mentioned earlier, I'll save up a bit more then try to contact them again in the New Year and see how we go. Fingers are now crossed.
If you are planning to buy a Gen 1 R53 S in the New Year you should also speak to Tony Franks at MINI Motorsport Centre (Ex John Cooper Garages Chief Engineer) as he probably knows more about tuning the original MCS engine than anyone else. He was involved in the original development of the Works conversions as well as the preparation of the Challenge Cup racing engines.
I own a R53 S with the 225bhp works conversion which was developed as the replacement for the next generation Works conversion (to replace the 210bhp) but which never went into mass production before BMW changed to the turbo engine.
Tony advised me that 225bhp was about the max output that they could achieve whilst retaining the reliability of the engine under the normal BMW warranty. More power from the supercharged engine was possible (for racing engines) but reliability couldn't be guaranteed. I believe the all out max power achieved was around 280bhp.
Also, you need to seriously consider up-grading the front brakes especially if you are going to make full use of the added power.
My car has Challenge Cup spec. bigger discs and 6 pot calipers whicch makes a huge difference to the stopping power. But be carefull about which brake upgrade you go for.....mine (which are basically motorsport spec) cost a small fortune (£400) to replace the discs and pads as part of the routine servicing!
Tony Franks (Mini Motorsport Centre) hourly labour rate is very reasonable (about £45 an hour) and way less than BMW.
I take my car there because he basically built it for one of its previous owners as a track day motor. My car was orginally upgraded to the Works 201bhp version by a BMW main dealer who fitted the kit. It was then taken to John Cooper Garages for the 225bhp upgrade. This conversion is pretty rare (less than 50 examples) because they sold it to the general public only to use up the remaining cylinderheads left over from the BMW engine development programme. I believe the engine mods alone cost £5k so they didn't sell too many!
His workshop looks pretty good and he has direct access to an MOT test centre who share the site with him.
His workshop is 3 minutes walk from the train station and just a short train journey away from Brighton. I now take my car there for all servicing etc and spend the day in Brighton until Tony rings me to say the car is ready for collection.
As I said in a previous post, I don't believe anyone else in UK knows more about tuning and modifying the supercharged engine than he does.
Go to 1320 - no question. Ive been taking my cars there for years - they know what they are doing and seeing as how they are close to you, I don't know why you're considering going elsewhere....
I used to make the trip to 1320 from Ipswich pretty often and the trip is worth it - Im going there this week and I don't even have a mini at the moment.. ::
Call them and have a chat, then if you want more I would call in and have a chat with them about your needs and they will be able to help you spend your money wisely.
Its not about tuning kits really, its about custom tuning - so that's picking and chosing mods based on your driving needs - for example a track day car would have a different set of mods to a fast daily... chat it over with them in person/over the phone and Im certain they will be able to put together a 'package' that you would be happy with...
I think the GTT kits are waay way over priced - if you look at what you're getting vs. what you actually need then most of it isn't even needed...
I got my JCW 210 to 250 bhp with: ITG filter, janspeed manifold, ATI +1% CP, newman camshaft, JCW GP intercooler and a simple tune. All in that was under £2k with everything being bought brand new and including labour. For a standard S would would only need to add injectors and a 15% pulley to get roughly the same output...
Standard S to ~230bhp would need roughly: 15%/17% pulley (depending on driving style), GP/GRS intercooler, (4-2-1 would be my preference) exhaust manifold, dave.f intake, jcw injectors and a tune say.
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