as far as i can see its the only way too fly.more power less stress better sound better on fuel.those are my thoughts.has supercharging had its day or can it move the game ?just too confuse you and myself i somtimes miss my supercharged mini
I've driven turbo diesels, for work, for the last 12 years and loved them; the MINI has been my first experience of a supercharger.
I had been aware of turbo lag, but never gave it a second thought until I tried driving a car with a supercharger. Now that I've got used to a supercharger, any turbo that I've driven (new Cooper S, with twin scroll turbocharger included), feels like it's being towed by a very powerful car joined to the one I'm driving by a very large bungee cord!
Yes, turbo chargers impose less stress on the engine, ultimately produce more power and the benefits in terms of emissions and fuel consumption are so great that we are never likely to see superchargers again. However, it's very sad because nothing else responds instantly like a supercharger does
May '04 - Feb '07 R50, Feb '07 - May '10 R53. Enjoyed our time with MINI's, but ran out of space! Now Focus RS & Land Rover powered...
The only reason I bought a MCS was because it was Supercharged. I am in the middle of doing the third stage and (apart from ICE, which is budget restricted) of Mod and I still love the fact it is supercharged. Would I go down the Turbo route? No, because I believe there are cars better designed for turbo delivery on the market and the supercharged is a major part of the mini's character
Ahh, this is one of those great debated that crops up from time to time and will never be settled.
Reading the opinions of what people think is very interesting.
I rather like the whine of the supercharger.. makes the whole thing far more dramatic for a MINI and finally with that loud whine means whenever your other half keeps moaning at you all you have to do is put your foot down and then you can't hear
The only turbo I have is on my Caterham so turbo can be fun but I just can't help thinking that Supercharged is the way the MINI was supposed to be, and that in a way BMW fixed something that wasn't really broken with the R56 then suddenly realised to make the car more viable to a wider range of potential buyers they switched it to turbo for many reasons like those previously mentioned by people.
Some of the best cars are supercharged tho..... but then again there are some really nice turbo ones out there
Turbo without doubt will always deliver more power, or with 'like for like' SC power , puts alot less stress on the engine AND still gives better ecomony. Turbo will always be quieter and IMHO sounds much more powerful and effortless. For me SC cars with most aftermarket cat backs sound a bit cringful but hey Im old ,what do I know.
DIY Turbo kits may be very tempting to the consumer based on price, but as maybe 75% of a turbo conversion cost is actually other items needed to make it work properly , + existing parts needing modding / fabricating / welding + the large amount of man hours to complete, then I see most ending up as expensive unreliable mistakes and/or ending up for sale on E-bay as 'Abandoned project, all parts available to complete '
nope. i would'nt want anymore than i have at the moment. This weekend at the ring showed that the car wnts for nothing in the power department. just needs beter brakes / suspension and more driver skill ( although bloody hard as your pushing to 120mph and a bike screams passed at 165 + mph just missing your wing mirror.....)
Turbo shmurbo if you ask me, whats the one thing everone no matter who it is, your nan, your mats or just a random, they all comment on the whine. With turbo its gone just another turbo car, yeah big power but just lost 60% of the mini's character.
may be the future is what VW are doing with supercharger and turbo the supercharger is used for the first 3000 revs then the turbo kicks in an idea pinched from Lancia on there mad rally car The Delta S4 from the mid eighties
Twin turbo is the way forward if you could get it to work correctly! Little tiny turbo for around town and moderate throttle and also will seriously increase exhaust pressure and spool the bigger turbo much faster. All a nice theory if there was space and someone crazy enough to build one
Turbos the way forward?? You have to decide what forward is and that will be something different to someone else. Forward for me? Yes I hope so..... but i'll let you know the honest answer in due course right here >>> http://www.miniproject.co.uk Unbiased, fully documented results. The gains, the hurdles and what did and didnt go quite right.
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