Our customer Ajay (@ajaypjayaraj), reached out to us from the far reaches of India seeking fitment advice for his widebody F56 Mini Cooper S build. While we have featured R53 Mini Coopers in the past, the F56 generation is not something we have had a chance to work with until this point.
Ajay was dead-set on running 17” ARC-8 wheels to complete his unique Mini Cooper S project. With a plan to add custom fender flares to support a wider track, we worked with Ajay to ensure his new wheels would perfectly match his vision for a performance-focused fitment with an aggressive appearance.
The main challenge we faced when devising a plan for Ajay’s wheel and tire setup was the fact that the F56 Mini Cooper S utilizes a 5×112 bolt pattern. While 5×112 support is undoubtedly on our radar, Ajay had a goal in mind to finalize his build before the new year. In order to fit our current 5×120 wheels, an H&R hub adapter was going to be required. Knowing that the hub adapter spaced the wheels out another 20mm, we concluded that our 17×8.5” ET40 ARC-8 wheels finished in Hyper Black would be the best fit for the fender flare dimensions Ajay provided.
Upon receiving his new wheels, Ajay sent his Mini straight to a local performance shop to have a custom fender flare kit installed. After a few delays to ensure the highest quality work possible, Ajay’s Mini Cooper S emerged as everything he was hoping it would be.
Once Ajay had the opportunity to drive the car with the new setup, I asked him what his thoughts were. Ajay responded with the following:
“The absence of a tail with such a short chassis makes this car so nimble and fun to maneuver at any speed, then the sounds it makes, there’s a lot of drama which is a characteristic of Mini, altogether it’s a lot of fun and is addictive. There’s something about the Mini Cooper which could only be realized by experiencing it. I was never a Mini fan earlier, though I liked it among other cars. But once you experience it, it’s different… there’s this want that develops in you for it. It’s made for pure fun.”
If you happen to see a flash of yellow pass you by on a rural Indian mountain road, It might just be Ajay enjoying his Mini Cooper S to its fullest.
Wheel and tire setup:
APEX 17×8.5” ET40 ARC-8 Flow Formed Wheels in Hyper Black
225/45-17 Michelin PS4S tires
H&R 5×112 to 5×120 Hub Adapters
Custom wider flared arch kit to accommodate wider track
RK design Japan rear wing spoiler
JCW aero kit with JCW pro front and rear splitters
KW coil overs
Hardrace rear sway bar
Front camber plates from Silver project
Rear adjustable lower control arms from Silver Project
Remus valvetronic exhaust
Forge oil cooler kit with Setrab cooler
Aquamist water/meth system
Burger tuning JB4
RECARO Sportster CS Performance edition sports seats
Audison audio upgrade with DSP amp, drivers and subwoofer
Defi gauges for boost, oil temp, oil press and exh temp
Banks iDash 1.8 datamonster
Giomic gauge pods for all Defi gauges
Giomic & Cravenspeed sensor adapters
Cravenspeed shift knob
Cravenspeed flexpod gauge + phone mount
Paddleshifters Aluminium paddles