McChip gives MINI JCW an Audi 2.0 TFSI engine conversion

We love crazy conversions here at PD. Who doesn’t? This one from McChip is sure to spike some interest. It’s a MINI Cooper JCW which is getting a 2.0-litre Audi S3 engine conversion.

Mcchip MINI JCW Audi TFSI conversion-engine

Yep. Even though the MINI is powered by a 1.6 developed by BMW, the tuning company is deciding to go with an engine from one of BMW’s key rival companies; Audi. The unit is sourced from the previous-gen S3, and can also be found in the TTS and Volkswagen Golf R.

McChip isn’t stopping at the engine conversion either. It’s also shoehorning in the full DSG dual-clutch transmission setup, a limited-slip differential, and a complete race-style sequential shifter.

Mcchip MINI JCW Audi TFSI conversion-shifter

In its standard form the engine offers near-enough to 200kW, however, McChip has other ideas. It’s going to apply a Stage 3 tune to boost power to the 240kW mark.

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We’re not quite sure if the car is being built for motorsport or simply for the fun of it. By the looks of those racing numbers on the sides, we’re guessing it probably won’t be road legal, which would be a big shame – imagine the confused onlookers seeing this thing rip down the street sounding like an Audi/Volkswagen.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.