Friday, January 11, 2008
MINE'S is an automotive tuning company based in Yokosuka, Japan. MINE'S was started by Michizo Niikura, in 1985. They initially gained their popularity around 1988, by being among the first Japanese companies to sell re-programmed ECU systems for popular Japanese sportscars. Today they sell many products, ranging from Injectors to Complete Engines.
MINE'S currently makes software upgrades for hundreds of Japanese cars, but they only make hardware upgrades for a select few cars. They tend to concentrate on cars that have high potential, and good platforms to expand from. Their performance upgrades include (among other things) exhaust systems, engine computers, camshafts, suspension parts, brake systems, and lightweight body parts. Their body parts are almost always made of lightweight carbon fiber.
Since the early 1990s, they have been best known for their work on the Nissan Skyline GT-R. Their most popular example of this is their MINE'S R34 Skyline GT-R N1 demo car. It is usually demonstrated running at 600ps (590hp). This demo car is the successor to their earlier R33 and R32 GT-R demo cars. Both of these were making similar peak power, but the newer R34 had more work done to the engine to improve response, and efficiency.
Aside from the Skyline GT-R, MINE'S also develops upgrades for cars such as the Mitsubishi Lancer EVO, the Subaru Impreza WRX, and the Nissan Fairlady Z. The Fairlady Z being among the only non-turbocharged vehicles they develop for. While most tuners in Japan turbocharge the Fairlady Z to increase power, the MINE'S Fairlady demo car remains naturally aspirated, and makes 350ps.
mine's started to tune R35 GTR as well....