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Mini R53/R56 Bucket Seat Guide

The Mini story...

The Mini has become one of the most popular track cars we work with. The Mini R53 was one of the first new generation Mini Hatches introduced in (2000-2006), being the first model launched under the Mini marque after the original Mini was discontinued in the same year. BMW introduced an all-new, second generation of the Hardtop/Hatch Mini model in November (2006-2013). Once you start using your Mini for fast road and track use, you’ll soon realize just how much you need new bucket seats to provide more support. 

On cornering, you may find your self holding onto the steering wheel tighter than usual, tensing your thighs and legs against the central console and/or door card. You’ll probably find your weight shifting in the seat and having to re-position your self after the corner. 

None of this is correct. Your seat should provide the right level of support so that you can grip the steering wheel only for steering, your legs should be supported and your weight shouldn’t shift around. The recommendations we provide are to ensure that you feel comfortable and supported allowing you to focus on the job at hand. 

We’ve worked closely with our customers to create our Mini seat guide.
The resulting recommendations are based on previous customer car installations.

Recommended brackets: (Bucket seats)
We recommend these direct fit installation brackets to successfully install the side mounted bucket seats we suggest in our guide. No vehicle modifications are required making them a great solution. 

Bucket seat – Mini specific side mounts – Vehicle 

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    From £74.17 Excl. VAT Select options
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    From £74.17 Excl. VAT Select options
Recommended brackets: (Reclining seats)
We recommend these 2 frames depending which reclining seat you pick. The Sparco frames are perfect for Sparco/OMP/Corbeau seats, and the Recaro frames work perfectly with Recaro seats.  

Reclining seat – Sliding runner – Fitting frame – Vehicle 

  • Sparco Car Specific Fitting Frames

    From £78.20 Excl. VAT Select options
  • Sparco Car Specific Fitting Frames

    From £72.00 Excl. VAT Select options
  • Recaro Car Specific Fitting Frames

    £281.25 Excl. VAT Select options
  • Recaro Car Specific Fitting Frames

    From £281.25 Excl. VAT Select options
Recommended bucket seats:
We recommend these bucket seats based on previous Mini R53/R56 customer cars.
Tried and tested, we know the narrower shoulder supports fit the cockpit constraints.
We’ve picked different styles of seats depending on the level of protection you need.
Only narrow fit seats will fit and we strongly recommend against XL or large seats due to interior restraints.
  • Sparco FIA Racing Bucket Seats

    From £194.50 Excl. VAT Select options
  • Cobra Road And Track Seats

    From £220.00 Excl. VAT Select options
  • Mirco FIA Seats

    From £324.00 Excl. VAT Select options
  • Sparco FIA Racing Bucket Seats

    £544.00 Excl. VAT Add to basket
  • Sparco FIA Racing Bucket Seats

    £515.87 Excl. VAT Add to basket
  • Sparco Martini Racing Collection

    From £550.00 Excl. VAT Select options
  • Bucket Seats

    From £480.83 Excl. VAT Select options
Recommended reclining seats:
We recommend these reclining sport seats based on previous Mini R53/R56 customer cars.
Tried and tested, we know the narrower shoulder supports fit the cockpit constraints.
We’ve picked different styles of seats based on 4 different budgets and styles.
Match these up with the right fitting frames to ensure a perfect and easy installation.
  • Recaro Sportline Reclining Sport Seats

    From £1,255.00 Excl. VAT Select options
  • Auto Style Reclining Sport Seats

    £295.00 Excl. VAT Add to basket
  • Auto Style Reclining Sport Seats

    From £258.33 Excl. VAT Select options
  • Sparco Reclining Sport Seats

    From £374.56 Excl. VAT Select options
  • Sparco Martini Racing Collection

    £325.00 Excl. VAT Add to basket
  • Auto Style Reclining Sport Seats

    From £295.00 Excl. VAT Select options
Recommended roll cages:
We recommend these roll cages based on previous Mini R53/R56 customer cars.
Each roll cage is specifically designed for your Mini from each manufacturer.
We only work with trusted brands including Safety Devices and Custom cages.
  • Custom Cages

    £905.96 Excl. VAT Add to basket
  • Custom Cages

    £1,469.28 Excl. VAT Add to basket
  • Custom Cages

    £2,018.25 Excl. VAT Add to basket
  • Custom Cages

    £1,467.49 Excl. VAT Add to basket
  • Custom Cages

    £2,072.06 Excl. VAT Add to basket
  • OMP Roll Cages

    £1,335.09 Excl. VAT Add to basket
  • Sparco Roll Cages

    £1,238.06 Excl. VAT Add to basket
  • Sparco Roll Cages

    £1,275.39 Excl. VAT Add to basket
Recommended harness belts:
Once you’ve picked the right bucket seats or reclining sport seats. You’ve got your roll cage set up and ready to go. It’s time to get the right harness belts. We’ve listed the 8 most popular harnesses on the market today. We’ve listed a few road and race harnesses along with some FIA harnesses depending on your requirements.
  • TRS 3 point road and track harnesses

    From £80.00 Excl. VAT Select options
  • TRS 4 point road and track harnesses

    From £85.00 Excl. VAT Select options
  • TRS 4 Point FIA Approved Harnesses

    From £205.00 Excl. VAT Select options
  • TRS 6 Point FIA Approved Harnesses

    From £245.00 Excl. VAT Select options
  • Takata Drift Series Harnesses

    From £171.00 Excl. VAT Select options
  • Takata Drift Series Harnesses

    From £260.00 Excl. VAT Select options
  • Schroth FIA Saloon Harnesses

    From £370.01 Excl. VAT Select options
  • Schroth FIA Saloon Harnesses

    £325.00 Excl. VAT Add to basket
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