The Mini Cooper S enjoys a reputation as fun, zippy little car that handles great. Now that prices on used S models have come down, it’s only natural that people would want take them to the racetrack.
Patrick Orozco from In The Doghouse Garage bought one to use for Time Trials and racing, but when he took it out on track he discovered something he hadn’t counted on: brake fade after a couple of laps. It was serious enough that he’d have to pull into the pits or dial back the driving to the point that it wasn’t fun. And that’s, well, no fun.
To remedy the problem, he needed more stopping power and a front brake setup that generated less heat, so we called the folks over at Wilwood Engineering, an aftermarket brake manufacturer in Camarillo, Calif., that specializes in motorsports applications. Wilwood determined that the car would work best with its six-piston setup with special pistons to reduce heat transfer to the fluid and two piece rotors with aluminum hats.
The kit comes with everything needed to do the installation, from pads to hoses, brackets and hardware. And since Orozco lives near Camarillo, he took it to Wilwood’s shop at the company headquarters to do the project.
The installation took only a couple of hours, and it likely wouldn’t take much longer in your driveway or your garage. It is nearly as simple as a standard brake job. Just remove the old parts and put on the new. Yes, there are a few more steps, what with the adapter brackets and the like, but the installation went like clockwork. Here’s how it played out.