N0ddie's JCW


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Not posted on here in a wee while but still to pop on almost daily to keep up to date with the goings on and project thread area.

Thought I'd stick a wee thread together of our new purchase.

My previous project threads can be found here:


and here:


The Mini:

Got ourselves a JCW a couple of weeks ago as life with 2 sensible cars was getting a tad tedious. Traded in the Volvo V-40 for it.

The car is Thunder grey with red roof. We also added the chilli and media XL packs. We also added the heated windscreen, seats and the adjustable suspension. A nicely equipped but not overly spec'd car.

My little helper in the background:

Initial thoughts on the car (Only had it 2 weeks) are positive. It definitely feels faster than my old Fiesta ST but not sure if it only feels faster but actually isnt any faster? The biggest "issue" is the runflat tyres offer up oodles of understeer on anything other than a bone dry road surface. This would pose an obvious issue when taking it on the track (Weather in Scotland for trackdays is 80% chance of being wet lol) but easily solved by going for alternative rubber (Not made my mind up on what rubber yet).

Plans are to keep it looking OEM. I'll be scouring eBay, Gumtree and the likes for a set of the black JCW wheels which I'll put the nicer rubber on. I've already got 1 wheel on its way for a very good price, so fingers crossed the other 3 will be as easy to find. There is no rush here though as we are heading into winter so its first trackday is a good few months away.

I've also ordered a set of front and rear light surrounds to replace the chrome items supplied with the car. Hopefully they'll be here this week. I'm still unsure if I want to change the bigger chrome surround on the front for a black alternative.

So there we have it. Oh, doing the North Coast 500 in a couple of weeks which I'll be sure to take gazillions of photos on and put the Mini through its first real test


Bad cop
Wondered where you had disappeared too!

Lovely looking car, is that comparable to your Fiesta ST post all the mods then? IIRC it was quite heavily modded..


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Wondered where you had disappeared too!

Lovely looking car, is that comparable to your Fiesta ST post all the mods then? IIRC it was quite heavily modded..
The Fiesta was running 245bhp when I finished tweaking her. The Mini's run 228bhp out of the box.


Platinum Member
Not short term anyway. Not researched into it enough to make a call on it yet. There doesnt appear to be much choice out there, though I know Paul @ RSTuning has definitely mapped one with good results.


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I'm sure you stay near by me. I recognise the AG Clio. I'm the other side of the Loch.


Clumsy McButterfingers
Nice car with good splitter styling - would be interested to see the interior of the JCW