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Headquarters

The Shop

The Helix Motorsports headquarters is located in the beautiful Roxborough section of Philadelphia.  The 5700 square-foot shop is equipped with a Mustang MD-250 two-wheel load-type dynamometer, two lifts, and a close-knit team dedicated to enhancing MINI and BMW performance.  In addition to designing BMW and MINI performance parts at the Roxborough shop, Helix also specializes in MINI and BMW repair in the Philly area.

The company was founded in 2001, shortly after BMW released the new MINI in Europe.  Before the MINI became available in the United States, the owner and founder of Helix was already in the process of designing MINI performance parts for first generation models.  Helix  was the owner of the first left hand drive new MINI in the country, importing it from Gothenburg, Sweden in November of 2001. Since its inception, Helix has dedicated itself to producing top-quality performance parts for the MINI and BMW.

One of Helix's greatest contributions to the MINI and BMW aftermarket is the Helix intercooler.  The original stepped-core design, built to increase flow, both through the core and across the face of the cooler, has revolutionized the intercooler market for both MINI and BMW.  The BMW intercooler and MINI intercooler designed by Helix are part of an evolving catalogue that also includes:
 
  • Helix MINI Short Shift Kit
  • Helix MINI Cold Air Intake
  • Helix MINI Adjustable Control Arms
  • Helix BMW N54 Intake
  • Helix BMW 135i and 335i Turbo Upgrade
Helix has teamed up with top-notch auto manufacturers to assure the consistency of perfection in all its aftermarket parts.  You may view the performance parts for MINI designed by Helix and other distinguished innovators by visiting the pages on this website for first generation MINI upgrades and second generation MINI upgrades.  If you own a BMW and feel like boosting the performance of your ride, check out the available options for 135i upgrades and 335i upgrades.  (Note: many parts are compatible with naturally aspirated 1- and 3- series models.) 

If you have a winged or blue-and-white roundel on your vehicle, rely on Helix Motorsports for BMW and MINI tuning, testing, installs and repairs in Philadelphia. 
 
Helix Motorsports is located at:
 
4648 Umbria Street
Philadelphia, PA  19127
267 335 4337
 
 
Business hours 9-6 Mon-Fri EST
Installations 10-5 Mon-Fri
Saturdays Special Events

 

Pick Up and Drop Off

Parking is available in the front of or directly behind the shop. Please do not park in one of the spaces behind our shop. We do not own this lot and unauthorized use will result in towing at the owner's expense!

Pick up and drop off after hours can be arranged. Please call the shop to arrange a time and to receive parking instructions to prevent a costly tow.

Payment

We accept cash, check, and all major credit cards except American Express as payment.

 

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Authorized Installers

 

AE Performance Chino, CA  714-241-0298
Auto Action Group Inc. Union, NJ  908-964-6290
Autobar Ville St Laurent, Quebec , Canada 514-338-1001
AutoDreams Coral Springs, FL  954-757-6742
Autodynamica Mexico DF , Mexico 55-56819897
Bay Bridge Motors Oakland, CA  510.208.3273
Bev-Tech, Inc. Bluffton, SC  843-757-4889
BRracing Los Gatos, CA  408-356-1515
CBRD Speed Factory York, PA  717 751 2345
Classic Motor Works St. Andrews, Manitoba , Canada 204-334-2415
CMS Motorworks Fresno, California  559-320-0004
Curry's Auto Chantilly, VA  703-502-0400
Detroit Tuned Clinton Twp, MI  586-484-1158
Dynasport Mini Portland, OR  503.241.1717
Edge Motorworks Dublin, CA  925-479-0797
Eurotek Lima , Peru  
FFTEC Motorsports Hayward, CA , United States 510-475-5855
Funktion Autogroup Dulles, VA  703-544-0015
Grassroots Garage Thomasville, NC  336-476-8551
Induktion Motorsports Hanover, MD  410-684-3900
Johnny's Auto Clinic San Pedro, CA  310-521-0330
MBW Motorsports West Kingston, RI  401-480-5988
Mini Automotive 28 St Quintin Park, Driffield , East Yorkshire 01964 543507
Mini Madness Hillsboro, OR  888-783-6294
Mini Motors Santa Rosa, CA  707-570-0511
MINICORSA North Hollywood, Ca  818-505-8240
MINISpeed GR Kallithea , Greece +302103253390
Motion Minis Santa Cruz, CA  831-460-9729
Peak EuroSport Wheat Ridge, CO  303 421 0365
Percision Auto Werks Miami, FL  305 591 7434
Perfect Power Libertyville, IL  847-367-8837
RDZ Motorsports Danbury, CT  203-628-7725
Revolution Mini Works Inc Irvine, California  (949) 456-9590
Steve's Auto Clinic North Hills, CA  818-891-6109
Streetside 163 46 Spånga , Sweden +46 70 446 60 50
Swift Performance Automotive norwich, ct  8608231909
T-Rex Motorsports Tucson, AZ  520-631-9951
Way Motor Works Indianapolis, IN  317-201-8670
World One Performance Seattle, WA  206-938-7974

 

The Dyno

If you want to acquire accurate readings of your engine's power output, visit Helix's dyno test facility in Philadelphia.  For non-Philly dwellers with a palate for power, the shop with the dyamometer and dyno testing equipment is only a short drive for car enthusiasts living in New York City, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland.  The shop is equipped with a Mustang MD-250 two-wheel eddy current dyno that's capable of measuring up to 750 wheel-HP.

Features of a our Mustang MD-250 Dyno:

  • NEW! Fully integrated weather station that measures barometric pressure, temperature, and relative humidity in real time
  • Wide Band O2 meter

What is the dynamometer designed for?

  • Testing product HP claims.
  • Measuring HP and torque over the entire RPM range.
  • Graphing baseline performance against upgraded performance.

After a series of dyno tests are performed on your vehicle, you'll receive a printed sheet with an "HP vs. Torque" graph and your numbers.  Keep it for your records, post in on forums, rub it in foes' faces, and have documented proof of your vehicle's power potential.


Dyno rates are $120/hour and group rates are avaiable.


If you have any questions about the proper use of dynamometers in tuning shops, please contact Helix at 267-335-4337.

Rates

Our shop rate is $95 per hour but many popular modifications and installations are billed at a flat rate. The table shows our flat rate installation prices. Price is for labor only unless otherwise noted (item price and tax will be added).

Job Category Price                            Notes
ENGINE/DRIVETRAIN - -
Mini Cooper Clutch Replacement $950 Differential swap, add $200 labor + parts. Add $200 for All4 models
Quaife Limited Slip Differential Installation (MINI) $1,150 Add $200 for All4 Models
BMW Clutch Replacement (Most BMWs, Rear-Wheel Drive) $665 Add $200 for Most AWD Models
Cold Air Intake Installation (MINI) $95 Free installation when installed at the same time as a supercharger pulley for 1st Gen
Cylinder Head Installation (1st Gen MINI) $570 $950 for Second Gen Mini
DME/ECU Tuner Installation (BMW) $95 Starts at $95. Depending on model, can be upto 3 hours at $95 per hour.
Downpipes Installation (BMW) $285-$380 AWD models typically take longer
FMIC Install (MINI) $190  
FMIC Install (BMW) $190 If cutting is involved, there will be an extra charge depending on what is being cut.
BMW Big Turbo Kit Installation $1,350 For RB or Helix turbo upgrades, E8x/E9x
Supercharger Pulley Installation (MINI) $355 Price includes parts (15% Pulley), labor, and tax (8%). Add $20 for 17% pulleys.
Thermostat (MINI) $190  
Walnut Shell Blasting (MINI & BMW) SPECIAL! $349 For Direct Injected Motors
     
SUSPENSION/CHASSIS - Prices below do NOT include alignment. An alignment is ALWAYS recommend after doing any suspension work.
Coilovers (MINI) $380  
Coilovers (BMW) $380  Add 1 hour of labor at $95 for E93 3 Series convertible models
Springs (MINI) $285  
Springs and Shocks (MINI) $285  
Front Control Arm Bushings (MINI) $285  
Helix Short Shift Installation (MINI) $95 $47.50 when installed at the same time as exhaust for 1st and 2nd Gen Minis
BMW 135i/335i Short Shift Kit Installation $285  
Rear Sway Bar Installation (MINI) $95 $135 for Cabrio Models
Front  Sway Bar Installation (BMW E9x/E8x) $120  
Rear Sway Bar Installation (BMW E9x/E8x) $285  
     
EXHAUST    
Exhaust Installation (MINI) $100 Catback only. $130 for MINI Convertibles. Additional charge if welding
Exhaust Installation (Most BMWs) $190 Catback only. Additional charge if welding
     
MAINTENANCE/OTHER - -
Brake Service (Mini or BMW) $95 Per axle
Oil Change (MINI) Varies Price varies based on market price of parts and model. Please call the shop for a quote.
Oil Change (BMW) Varies Price varies based on market price of parts and model. Please call the shop for a quote.
Brake Fluid Flush $95  

* Prices may vary based on current market value of parts.

Installation Instructions

We recommend that many of our products be installed by a trained mechanic at a professional shop, but some you can tackle yourself. Installation instructions for those weekend warrior projects can be found HERE



Helix Motorsports

At Helix, we are committed to creating, delivering and installing only the highest quality performance and replacement parts for your MINI Cooper and BMW. Every part that we design, develop and install has been tested at our Philadelphia facility, including road datalogging, in-house dynamometer testing, and hands-on shop evaluation. Whether it be engine performance parts such as turbos, intercoolers, intakes, and exhausts, or chassis modifications like suspensions, brakes, control arms and camber plates, we have extensive experience in designing, sourcing, testing and installing them.

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