Aren't both a 75hp First and a 98hp One just the same engine as a 122hp Cooper, but with the engine limited by the ECU?
If so, presumably a competent tuning specialist can do a ECU remap to bring the engine up to Cooper power. Of course, your Mini dealer won't do it and your insurance company won't like it, but I guess it can be done.
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