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Mishimoto's 2015+ Mini Cooper S Performance Intake R&D

2015 Mini Cooper S Performance Intake Development, Part 1: Stock System Review

Mini Cooper S’s have always been fun little hatchbacks with large potential. True enjoyment comes during track days thanks to with their small and light chassis and a lively power-plant. The story is no different here with the newest model Mini Cooper S which is the most recent test subject to make into our garage for some intake R&D.

Stock System Review

Our goal here is to provide an enhanced driving experience to those purchasing our Mini Cooper air intake. Let’s jump into the stock intake to see what we’re working with!


Aerial view of the Mini Cooper S engine bay


Stock Mini Cooper air intake

The factory air-box is a fairly standard design. There is a mass airflow sensor right after the airbox, so an aftermarket intake that won’t require a tune would need to stay within the stock piping diameter threshold. With any larger piping, the MAF won’t properly read the increased airflow without being taught how to do so, causing the vehicle to run incorrectly. This can also cause potential damage to the engine. You can also see the stock air duct that is attached to the front of the airbox, which is a feature we intend to incorporate in our design.


Accordion-style tube connecting to turbo routing

Check out the tube going back towards the turbo. In our initial research, we wanted to replace this accordion-style tube. But when we actually got the car in to inspect the system, we saw that the last metal clamp on the tube closest to the firewall is crushed from factory to secure the connection between the tubes. This wouldn’t be easy to take off, requiring replacing everything back to the turbo, which would make install very involved.

We then considered the owners who might put our intake into their vehicles. For an easier install, it made sense to leave the tube where it sits. The focus was now on the filter and shield designs.


Mini Cooper parts under analysis

The box design is straightforward, as you can see below in the stock inlet that grabs its fresh air from the front scoop. Also check out the sensor placed right before the box. Our design will have a CNC MAF adapter on the tube to keep the MAF sensor in place and reading straight airflow.


Mini Cooper parts under review


Mini Cooper parts under further analysis

Coming Up!

We just got this car into our garage and the design ideas are already flowing! Our engineers are working on creating an effective design for a heatshield. Take a sneak peek at their initial drafted design below!


Prototype drafted model of Mini Cooper parts

We are eager to get a working prototype for dyno testing and sound clips, so we hope to have this Mini Cooper air intake prototype in our next update.

Stay tuned, let us know what you think and thanks for reading!

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2015 Mini Cooper S Performance Intake Development, Part 1: Stock System Review

Mini Cooper S’s have always been fun little hatchbacks with large potential. True enjoyment comes during track days thanks to with their small and light chassis and a lively power-plant. The story is no different here with the newest model Mini Cooper S which is the most recent test subject to make into our garage for some intake R&D.

Stock System Review

Our goal here is to provide an enhanced driving experience to those purchasing our Mini Cooper air intake. Let’s jump into the stock intake to see what we’re working with!


Aerial view of the Mini Cooper S engine bay


Stock Mini Cooper air intake

The factory air-box is a fairly standard design. There is a mass airflow sensor right after the airbox, so an aftermarket intake that won’t require a tune would need to stay within the stock piping diameter threshold. With any larger piping, the MAF won’t properly read the increased airflow without being taught how to do so, causing the vehicle to run incorrectly. This can also cause potential damage to the engine. You can also see the stock air duct that is attached to the front of the airbox, which is a feature we intend to incorporate in our design.


Accordion-style tube connecting to turbo routing

Check out the tube going back towards the turbo. In our initial research, we wanted to replace this accordion-style tube. But when we actually got the car in to inspect the system, we saw that the last metal clamp on the tube closest to the firewall is crushed from factory to secure the connection between the tubes. This wouldn’t be easy to take off, requiring replacing everything back to the turbo, which would make install very involved.

We then considered the owners who might put our intake into their vehicles. For an easier install, it made sense to leave the tube where it sits. The focus was now on the filter and shield designs.


Mini Cooper parts under analysis

The box design is straightforward, as you can see below in the stock inlet that grabs its fresh air from the front scoop. Also check out the sensor placed right before the box. Our design will have a CNC MAF adapter on the tube to keep the MAF sensor in place and reading straight airflow.


Mini Cooper parts under review


Mini Cooper parts under further analysis

Coming Up!

We just got this car into our garage and the design ideas are already flowing! Our engineers are working on creating an effective design for a heatshield. Take a sneak peek at their initial drafted design below!


Prototype drafted model of Mini Cooper parts

We are eager to get a working prototype for dyno testing and sound clips, so we hope to have this Mini Cooper air intake prototype in our next update.

Stay tuned, let us know what you think and thanks for reading!
Looking Good!!! As recomendation:
-HEAT SOAK!!!! The DP is right bellow the intake tube and the "heat Shields" work great....
It Would be more than great if it can manufactured in a good material (SS321,Carbon, Ti, etc..) or have various option of material. If not, as an accessory, reflective material for the bottom part of the intake or for the complete system.


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Old 12-22-2015, 09:36 AM
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Looking Good!!! As recomendation:
-HEAT SOAK!!!! The DP is right bellow the intake tube and the "heat Shields" work great....
It Would be more than great if it can manufactured in a good material (SS321,Carbon, Ti, etc..) or have various option of material. If not, as an accessory, reflective material for the bottom part of the intake or for the complete system.


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Awesome feedback, thanks!

A cost effective design was a heavy emphasis on this project, and the material we plan to use ensures a great price point for the consumers out there. Heat soak is also definitely something we're going watch out for during our testing (which is under way), but with the upcoming prototype, it is becoming less of an issue because of how it will be designed. The further along we go, we'll have keep an eye on it regardless!

Thanks for the subscription and keep an eye out for the next update!
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2014+ Mini Cooper S Performance Intake Development, Part 2: Prototype Fabrication and Fitment

In our last post for this project, we went through the stock system and left you with a teaser look at our initial design plans for the filter’s heat shield. We now have a functional prototype fabricated, which will soon be ready for testing. Let’s go through the interesting process of how we were able to make the heat shield and pipe.

Parts Fabrication

Usually, when it comes to creating the pieces to a heat shield, our process involved measuring twice and cutting once with the use of a band-saw, shears and a bender. It was laborious and time-consuming.

With this project, we took a slightly different approach during the design and prototyping phase of our heat shield R&D. After capturing the dimensions we needed from the vehicle, a prototype design was drawn in 3D modeling software. Once completed, we used our waterjet machine to cut the shapes out of the steel metal sheets.

If you don’t know about the waterjet, it is an apparatus for precision cutting using highly pressurized water. Virtually any shape on a flat plane can be made – small or large – limited only by the designer’s imagination. Check out an image of the cutting process below. The images on the screen are pieces of the intake box for this Mini Cooper S.


Mini Cooper parts being designed

Now let’s check out some of the shield being cut!


Mini Cooper parts getting cut

Once the procedure is finished, we can take the Mini Cooper air intake piece out one by one to clean them up and grind down the sharp, freshly cut edges.


Retrieving Mini Cooper air intake pieces from the waterjet


Grinding down Mini Cooper air intake heat shield

These flat metal sheets will be accurately bent to the correct angle. Our fabricator measures the exact angle and bends them on our sheet metal bender.


Bending the sides of the shield

After the pieces are cut and bent, they are assembled and welded in place so the shield can finally start to take shape. This entire method has been a much faster and easier way of box/shield construction – it made our previous methods seem primitive!


Welding Mini Cooper air intake heat shield


Welding Mini Cooper air intake heat shield

Once all of that is complete, we are now ready to fit the shield into the space.


Fitting heat shield into the engine bay


Shot of the prototype pipe

The pipe was fairly simple since it’s short, but we used a sizeable filter to support ample airflow. A MAF (mass airflow) adapter will be included with the pipe, so for this prototype, we 3D-printed an adapter. Let’s look at how it sits in the box!


Fitting prototype Mini Cooper parts into the shield


3D Printed MAF adapter

Coming Up

A few more things need to be buttoned up with this prototype before we can begin dyno testing, and our next update will include those dyno results.

The waterjet process was pretty cool, right? We’d love to hear your comments! Thanks for reading and stay tuned for our next update!
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2014+ Mini Cooper S Performance Intake Development, Part 3: The Testing Phase

We have another update ready to share with the Mini world! In the last post, we went through the process of how this shield was constructed using the waterjet. Now that all the components have been completely assembled, it’s time to test and evaluate our system. Check out some sound clips below!



Our intake dramatically improves the induction sound. The turbo spool is much more pronounced over stock and the intake tone is more aggressive. We know that this is as important for Mini drivers as performance, so we devoted time to making sure that this intake sounds awesome.

The way this intake is designed fully maxes out airflow potential that the engine sees. It is less restrictive than the stock unit while still making use of the factory air duct. Our team went through a few different variations of this intake design, all of them yielding the same results – power output similar to stock. In situations like this, the product just isn’t going to make pronounced power gains, there is no shame in saying so. The Mishimoto team will not falsify dyno charts and claim something makes power when in reality it doesn’t.

At the moment, our Engineering team hasn’t found a viable solution to increasing power through an intake that would be safe to run on a stock tune. Although our intake may not increase the horsepower your 2014+ Mini Cooper S sees, it does do a few things well. As you saw in the sound clips, this intake improves the induction sound and provides the potential for more power later on down the road along with other upgrades. The way these Mini Cooper parts look under the hood is also important here since it is a very noticeable part of the engine bay. This design is simple, yet effective, complete with a show-quality finish.

What’s Next?

We have a finished prototype complete with paint ready to go! Want to see what it looks like? Check out a sneak peek of it below.


Mini Cooper parts prototype

With the prototype done and fitted into the bay, we are that much closer to presale time. During this time, you can get one of these intake kits at a discounted price before it officially hits the market. Keep an eye out for when this presale goes live - it will be soon!

Please let us know your thoughts and comments down below and as always, thanks for reading!
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Hey everyone!

We are now ready to launch our presale. During this period, you can get our intake at a great discount before the final production kits officially hits the warehouse and the market.

Please check out the details below and please let us know if you have any questions!

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Expected Ship Date: May 27th, 2016
Expiration Date: May 27th, 2016

Pricing Details:
Full Performance Intake Kit
MSRP: $350.00
Presale: $279.95

Highlights
- Direct fit for the 2014+ Mini Cooper S
- Functions with stock air duct
- Air filter includes built-in velocity stack for crisp throttle response
- No tune required
- Aluminum pipe will be available in wrinkle black, wrinkle red or polished

Includes
(1) Aluminum Intake Pipe
(1) High-Flow, Oiled Filter
(1) Steel Airbox
(1) Worm Gear Clamp
Mounting Hardware
Mishimoto Lifetime Warranty









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Again, please alert us of any questions, comments or concerns. Thanks!
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That is pretty, love seeing the R&D side of this
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That is pretty, love seeing the R&D side of this
Thanks! We love it when we see people enjoying our R&D process.
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Quick question, does the intake pipe attach to airbox in any way?

Thanks.
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There is no "air box" per se. There is a heat shield that surrounds the filter element on all sides except the top.
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There is no "air box" per se. There is a heat shield that surrounds the filter element on all sides except the top.
Mishimoto's 2015+ Mini Cooper S Performance Intake R&D-image-3910440270.jpg

Here's a pic of my car. Mine is a K&N Typhoon, but the concept is the same.
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Quick question, does the intake pipe attach to airbox in any way?

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Great question! The intake pipe is not physically attached to the shield. The pipe is secured in place by the circular opening on the shield that countours to the pipe's shape. The weather stripping will keep it secure enough to prevent movement.
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Will this intake get CARB certification?
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Will this intake get CARB certification?
We are in the process of getting CARB certification for as many applications as we can. The intake for this Mini Cooper S is definitely in our sights, but unfortunately, it won’t be CARB legal immediately after product release due to how long and arduous the process is. We do fully intend to pursue an EO number for this car though. As soon as the process is complete, we will update our specs and let you guys know. Great question!
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Hey guys,

Today is the last day to get this Mini Cooper S Performance Intake at the discounted price! We will be officially releasing this kit tomorrow, so jump on it!!
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We are in the process of getting CARB certification for as many applications as we can. The intake for this Mini Cooper S is definitely in our sights, but unfortunately, it won’t be CARB legal immediately after product release due to how long and arduous the process is. We do fully intend to pursue an EO number for this car though. As soon as the process is complete, we will update our specs and let you guys know. Great question!
OK. Highly considering ordering. My car comes in this week. I just would like to be able to smog with my intake when the time comes. I believe I don't have to smog for 6 years so are you pretty confident it will be CARB legal within that time frame? Also, will you send us a CARB Sticker when it passes certification?
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I want one
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Did any one buy one ? If so how was the install
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Install on these are all the same, more or less. Very simple. Just need a couple of hand tools and everything mounts in the car just like the stock unit. I've installed a couple of Cravenspeed units which are almost identical to the Mishimoto and a AWE S Flow. All were very easy jobs, even with 1 1/2 arms.
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Thanks for the reply i just wanted to ask a question on the mishimoto i no they are an easy fit. So has anyone got one.
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