MINI Cooper Race Prep

Bavarian Rennsport offers race track preparation services to make sure your car is dialed in no matter what type of event you are participating in whether it be Track, Drag, Autocross, or Drifting. With super-wide stances, ultra-rigid bodies and incredibly precise handling MINI Coopers were made to rule the track. As an avid JCW enthusiast, the ultimate goal is to drive your vehicle to the limit with other competitors, while also upholding the legacy and setting a good example for the younger car generations to come after us. The vast majority of modern track day drivers are simply interested in enjoying their high-performance street cars without having to worry about the police, pedestrians, or oblivious drivers causing unsafe driving conditions.

Do you have a MINI Cooper and want to get out on the track, but dont think your car will perform the way that you want it to. Don’t worry everybody has these same thoughts racing through their head. There are plenty of ways to go about race car preparation and it doesn’t have to cost a fortune. In fact, the most important part of racing that you need is an ability to feel the car with your feet, hands, and butt. These useful skills can only come from time spent in the car called seat time.

As nice as it is to have big fancy brake kits, suspension upgrades or other expensive modifications (excluding tires) are simply not needed to create the profound driving skills necessary to rule the track. There are track day modifications to suit any budget because the most important thing for beginners is to just get in the car and drive it in a controlled environment. With each round of improvements and revisions made, you can up the ante from the basic essential track day preparations to full-blown track day modifications.

For the entry-level or first-time MINI racer, we will go over the basic necessities of getting you and your vehicle onto the track safely and with confidence. Part of owning a car is the relationship that we develop through the years of driving and performing general maintenance. It is critical to guarantee the job is done right the first time. With recommended OEM supplied components and by following the general maintenance schedule, your vehicle is sure to continue giving you years of enjoyment on the street or track. Below we have broken down the track day preparations that we recommend to perform and the order in which we think they should be carried out from our years of experience on the track. Bavarian Rennsport will always be here to provide critical advice, service and repair for your daily driver / track car as you begin your career and to offer the best performance parts to help your car grow alongside you for the best racing experience.

Essential Race Prep Service & Maintenance


The first thing you should always do when preparing for a track event is inspect the vehicles components. If you skip this important step you will start to discover that parts are missing and can cause a catastrophic failure while driving and it could bring your track day to a halt. Every critical component should be inspected because even on modern cars bolts and clips can become loose. Older cars need a very thorough check because time and vibration may cause parts to weaken or vibrate off the car. It’s crucial to check the tightness of brake caliper bolts, engine mounts, gearbox mounts, the exhaust, subframe mountings, the steering rack, and all of the other suspension fixings. You will be putting this car through the works and the last thing that you want is something to fail while on the track.


The next essential race prep step for your vehicle is a thorough service, including engine oil, gearbox, differential, brakes, and the vehicle’s cooling system. Fluids are like the vehicle’s blood so making sure that they are circulating properly is the key. We also recommend using fluids that are more tuned to harsh or high-performance use that will keep your car running at an optimal performance level.


Make sure your tire tread life is in good condition. If it’s your first track day then the chances are you won’t wear them down very much, but it’s still important to have some tread left at the end of the day, especially if you plan on driving your car home. The next important tire subject is PSI (Pounds per Square Inch); pressures are critical to the way a car handles, and a lot of fine tuning can be done to suit your racing style and the weather conditions.


The front suspension ‘toe’ angle can also be tweaked to adjust the turn-in (the initial reaction to a steering input). Most street cars are set to be slightly slow to react which makes it a bit safer for the average driver. Since we are using the vehicle for a track application a small amount of toe-in usually sharpens up the response but can make the car a bit more twitchy in the turns.


Brakes take a hammering on track and heat is their biggest enemy. The easiest modification is to fit race styled brake pads and just as importantly racing brake fluid which will help prevent fade. If you go with a racing style fluid always remember, it has to be changed more often than ordinary road fluid and should be checked before every event. It is also common to remove any guards and other obstructions to free airflow around the brake discs. If after that you still have fade then ducting fresh air from the front of the car using heat-resistant tubing pointing at the middle of the discs may help. Some people get fresh air in by removing the fog lights from the front apron and ducting the tube into the hole.

Exhaust / Intake

Although we’ve suggested the engine should not be tuned, there is something to be said for fitting a sporty exhaust and air intake. This may make a very small improvement to power but a single-box exhaust will weigh less and a cold-air intake kit can improve power slightly and tidy up the engine bay a bit. And, of course, if nothing else will make your car sound faster! But watch those noise limits – there’s nothing more frustrating than being turned away for noise.


You might consider fitting a good seat and harness to hold you in securely as you throw the car around the track. Being more directly connected to the car gives a better feel, but seats are a very personal thing so it’s worth trying a few out before buying.


Simplify and add lightness by stripping out unnecessary weight is the next step, as this will improve performance and give your consumables and suspension an easier time too. But don’t get too hung up on it at this stage. As a rough guide removing less than 10% of the car’s original weight is not noticeable; so just remove things you really don’t need – the back seat, spare wheel, carpet, and sound-deadening material, etc.

Book Appointment

Our FREE Inspection includes a visual inspection of brakes, suspension, tires, and fluids, a visual inspection of engine bay for oil and coolant leaks, and fault code scan.

If your vehicle has a known issue, a diagnostic is required. Please be advised that in the event of any unexpected wait time other clients’ vehicles may take longer than expected to diagnose and treat so unfortunate delays do occur. We will get to your vehicle as soon as possible.

To book, select your brand, select your service, and go!

Got questions or want to book something else? Call or text (904) 270-9390



To dropoff for your appointment:

Pull up to the cones or park in a parking spot in adjacent lot (next to the white building).

After parking, place keys in blue dropbox at the first door on the warehouse.

What precautions are we taking during COVID-19 to ensure the health of our staff and customers?

✅ We keep a super clean shop, but we have kicked things up. We have completely disinfected our building with a hospital-grade disinfectant, which we are doing 3 times per day. We disinfect the surface area of every vehicle that we go in. We sterilize every piece of mail and received parts as each arrives. We follow CDC guidelines regarding wearing gloves and masks, and keeping a 6 foot distance.

✅ We offer courtesy towing for repairs that exceed $1,500 (up to 25 miles). Each additional mile is $3.50 per mile. If your repairs are less than $1,500, our tow costs are $75 for pickup which includes the first 10 miles and $3.50 per mile.

✅ You must have an appointment. When you arrive for your appointment, pull up to the cones or park in a parking spot in the adjacent lot (white building). After parking, place keys in the blue dropbox at the first door of the main warehouse. If you have scheduled a quick service appointment and need to wait, we have a very comfortable climate-controlled waiting area with complimentary bottled water, snacks, and wifi.

✅ All inspections, estimates, approvals, payments will all be handled digitally. No cash will be accepted at this time.

✅ When your vehicle is complete, we will send your inspection and your estimate digitally. Once your invoice is paid, we will text you a code so you can retrieve your keys from a secure lockbox on site.

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