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Featured Car: Paul and Eileen Keeble, Gen1 Cooper S



History, as they say, has a habit of repeating itself. As an iconic brand, MINI has appealed for years and continues to strike a chord with some original owners looking to further their experiences. This month Lohen is pleased to detail our work on a car that belongs to Paul and Eileen and, from speaking to Paul, it became apparent their blood certainly runs rich with MINI passion!

“This ’02 Cooper S is actually my wife's car. Eileen's very first car was an original orange MINI that she learnt to drive on, so the family has fond memories and a keen interest in MINIs. The current car is the fourth new MINI we have owned. Previous cars were an '03 red Cooper, '03 electric blue S and '05 black S Works” he says.

“We enjoy trips to the infamous Nürburgring in Germany and have found with previous cars, especially the Works, that they are not really up to the task of repeated laps of the ring driving 'spiritedly', shall we say. So we wanted a blank canvas to modify the car to stand up to the rigors of the Ring.”

Before picking this MINI up from the dealership that had a whole host of modifications fitted including the Aero kit, wheels, clear light lenses and retro fit a trip computer. Alongside a series of other changes, the car then came to Lohen for a considerable amount of work. I asked Paul how he heard about Lohen.

He commented, “Lohen appeared in the new Mini mag repeatedly as a trusted tuner who know their stuff. Various Google searches and checking the website confirmed my thoughts that the quality of work and advice would be top notch. Thankfully my trust in Lohen has been proved right as the service, from the initial email contact with Andrey through to actually fitting the parts, has been exemplary. We live in the South East of England so it is a bit of a trek but well worth the effort. They sure know their MINIs!”



Let’s get into specifics. The car has now been added to with a Lohen LCS1 package and GRS Intercooler running at an estimated 218bhp, although with room for more. The brakes have been changed to a Brembo Big brake kit with Goodridge braided lines. Big improvements in suspensions through a set of Koni FSD Dampers, Eibach Springs and a Cusco Carbon fibre strut brace. And with a set of Rays G07CR 17" wheels in white, the car is ready to tackle the Ring!

So what does Paul think of this recent work? He says, “The car has been transformed to be perfectly frank. The original brakes did not stand up well to our Ring trip last year and we ended up with a set of warped front discs. The Brembo set up is seriously powerful while maintaining all day drivability. The most surprising difference though is with the suspension set-up. I was not confident the Koni dampers would make that much difference, but they have improved the car in all areas. Much more comfortable, a less harsh ride, combined with more body control and composure in the corners. The lighter Ray wheels have no doubt helped here too. Simply outstanding!”

We asked if he has any plans to further modify the car? Paul stated the obvious, “As ever, once you have started, you can't stop, can you? Immediate future plans include a manifold to extract the biggest gains from the engine, and perhaps colour coding the wheel arches. Long term plans include a stripped out interior, new racing seats, roll cage and further engine work. Our plan is to keep this car as a road legal Ring machine when Eileen fancies a new MINI.”

Lohen is delighted to have been involved with this build and can offer any help or support to you if you're looking to create your perfect race machine. Contact [email protected]


SPECIFICATION LIST

Engine
Lohen LCS1 package
GRS Intercooler

Brakes
Brembo Big brake kit
Goodridge braided lines

Suspension
Koni FSD Dampers
Eibach Springs
Cusco Carbon fibre strut brace

Wheels
Rays G07CR 17" wheels in white

Other
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Lohen confirmed as Quaife Approved Fitting Centre & Special Offer



We're going from strength to strength with supplier recognition, this time being endorsed as an Approved Fitting Centre for Quaife! As manufacturers of various gearbox components, Quaife is seen as serious suppliers across numerous brands of car. If you're interested in having any of their parts fitted, you can take comfort from knowing Lohen is recommended by the manufacturer. And to celebrate this, we're offering a discounted price on the fitting of the Quaife ATB Differential £300 including replacement diff bearings and VAT! This offer is valid when buying a Quaife ATB Differential from Lohen and fitted during the offer period. Offer valid until the end of July 2008. Please see here for more details:

Lohen.co.uk - Track & Fast Road Performance for your New Mini - Online Shop

Featured Product: Quaife ATB Diff

Quaife offers an Automatic Torque Biasing (ATB) Differential that offers improved power delivery and road handling for fast road and track use. The Quaife ATB gives better grip and power delivery through corners by supplying the available engine power to the front wheel with the most grip. This allows the driver to get more traction through a corner when the throttle is pressed. This means the driver can apply the throttle sooner during/after a corner and ultimately quicken lap times. A must-have for all race MINIs: this will shave seconds off your lap times! Replacing the differential bearings during fitting is strongly advised and Lohen can supply new bearings with the differential. Available for Gen1 Cooper S only.

Lohen.co.uk - Track & Fast Road Performance for your New Mini - Online Shop

Special Offer on the Janspeed Manifold

If you saw last month's mailshot, you'll have read about our featured product, the Janspeed Manifold. Now available with either high-flow cat or de-cat pipe options, we've opted to give you a special discount on this item! You can take advantage of saving £94 through free fitting at Lohen (which includes replacement OEM gaskets when the manifold is bought at the same time from Lohen and fitted during the offer period, offer valid until the end of July 2008) or save £12.80 on free delivery within mainland UK. Your choice! See here for more details:

Lohen.co.uk - Track & Fast Road Performance for your New Mini - Online Shop



Lohen's New Products this month

Gen1
Mintex M1144 Front Pads - JCW Caliper
Lohen.co.uk - Track & Fast Road Performance for your New Mini - Online Shop

ARP Head Stud Kit
Lohen.co.uk - Track & Fast Road Performance for your New Mini - Online Shop

Arrow Precision Steel Con-Rods
Lohen.co.uk - Track & Fast Road Performance for your New Mini - Online Shop


Gen2
Mintex M1144 Front Pads
Lohen.co.uk - Track & Fast Road Performance for your New Mini - Online Shop

HKS Air Intake System - Cooper S
Lohen.co.uk - Track & Fast Road Performance for your New Mini - Online Shop

HKS Blow-off Valve - Cooper S
Lohen.co.uk - Track & Fast Road Performance for your New Mini - Online Shop

Forge Front Strut Brace
Lohen.co.uk - Track & Fast Road Performance for your New Mini - Online Shop

Forge Sump Guard
Lohen.co.uk - Track & Fast Road Performance for your New Mini - Online Shop

Forge Alloy Header Tank - Cooper S
Lohen.co.uk - Track & Fast Road Performance for your New Mini - Online Shop


If you have any questions about anything displayed here you can email us at [email protected] or why not phone us on 01785 859999.

Until next time...
The Team at Lohen
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