I did not really get involved with MINIs until I retired and by then the Gen1 already have two newer cousins. Having lots of time I played around with different Gen1 mods. Made more than a few enemies but also made so many more friends. I admin a couple of FB groups dealing with Gen1 mods and even there the amount of people into the Gen1 gets smaller every day. After using three different larger superchargers and before I got too old to be able to my own wrenching, I bought a transmission less R50. The goal was a Tritec Turbo. From the posts made during the heyday of the MINI Forum Wars, turbo builds were far and few between. What power a turbo W11 could take was not that much better known than how small of supercharger pulley would cause the coolant to boil from spinning the pump impeller to fast. Just a few years ago a turbo build was still a major money project for a car pushing 20 years old. The R50 coolant system is made for a turbo build so after I got the car home I went about figuring out what turbo I wanted. I settled on a K04-064 from an Audi S3 with the P8 engine. A shop in Cyprus that has build numerous Tritec Turbos came up with a CNC adapter plate that allows the K04 to be mounted. The coolant and power steering tanks do not need to relocated and I also thought I could create an enclosed intake system so no under the hood hot air was used. The kit costs about $2000 and from the pressure maps is capable of between 300 and 340 whp with a BVH. I purchased a used R53 engine that had about 50,000 miles on it and a used JCW 6-speed that had only 30,000 on it. I already had some JCW 4-pot Brembos, added both R56 front seats and rear trailing arms along with MeisterR coilovers with adjustable camber plates. Throw on some 7x17 rims and I was ready to start. Through my FB Groups I met a European Tuner that has tweaked both the prefacelift and facelift Siemens. So some new rings, a set of K1 rods I had laying around and some cutting for a FMIC I had my Tritec Turbo. If you have never driven a Tritec Turbo you are missing out big time. I see 15 psi by 3500 and from 4000 up I run 20. I could easily get 22 to 25 psi but then IMO the oem fuel system is beyond its properly functioning level. I don't care about doing a dyno as i will let the guy in Cyprus do that. From the torque steer I would think I am over 300 whp. The question is how well would this kit have done 10 years ago?