Forge Motorsports intercooler upgrade for the 2nd Generation Turbocharged Mini Cooper S. As the originators of the stepped core design way back in 2006, we were best placed within the market to call on our vast expertise in order to deliver a direct fit intercooler that would enhance the performance potential of the 2nd generation turbo engine.
Fits the following Cooper S models:
2007-2013 R56 Mini Cooper S Hardtop
2008-2014 R55 Mini Cooper S Clubman
2009-2015 R57 Mini Cooper S Convertible
2012-2015 R58 Mini Cooper S Coupe
2012-2015 R59 Mini Cooper S Roadster
Note: The Hardtop, Convertible and Clubman uses a different unit from the Coupe and Roadster. Select accordingly.
We offer this first ever ground breaking innovative L Shape intercooler core design. Many other companies simply copied this design, but Forge still remain the clear market leader due the exhaustive core testing undertaken in the development stages. We were not content to just use the first air core we could buy from China .
The Forge Motorsport development team tested 4 different constructions of air core before choosing the final stuffed fin stepped design intercooler for the 2007 onwards models (R56/R55/R57) Mini Cooper S Turbo.
Have you noticed how your Turbo engine seems more powerful and responsive in cold weather? As the inlet temperature is reduced, the air becomes 'more dense' packing a greater number of O2 molecules. This results in a more powerful combustion which means more horsepower to the wheels. Now you can have similar performance even on hot sunny days with this intercooler upgrade.
Unlike some performance engine upgrades, the Intercooler upgrade actually reduces the thermal loads on the engine because it greatly improves the efficiency of the intercooler over the stock unit. The lower inlet air tempertures helps to reduce the combustion temperatures which means less heat stress on the internal engine components. Whether you have a stock Mini or a track prepared Mini, this intercooler upgrade will lower the intake air temperature better than the stock unit.
The Intercooler upgrade becomes more critical if you have a modified Mini producing more power. The stock unit was designed to dissipate a certain amount of heat based on the power output of the stock engine. The stock intercooler becomes insufficient to dissipate the additional heat as the boost is increased, resulting in higher combustion temperatures. In this case, the intercooler upgrade becomes more critical to preserve the durability of the engine.
Technically, the Intercooler upgrade does not 'add' horsepower, but it reduces the losses which results in a net power gain at the wheels. The engine basically 'retains' the horsepower normally lost to high inlet temperatures. The difference is pronounced on warmer days where normally, the car would feel 'sluggish'. If you live in colder climates (ie Alaska) - the difference in performance may be less noticeable. But if you live in warmer climates or have hot summers, it's worth it!
Note: On 2010-2012 models, the center/top mounting bracket is not used. The Intercooler is supported by the end brackets.
Imported item - delivery may take 2-3 weeks depending on inventory level.
NOTE: Some states (like California) have ever tightening requirements for emissions testing and inspections. Always check your local regulations on compliance for street use.