If you enjoy driving, then you probably have paid attention to your quarter mile time or at least your 0-60. I say ‘your’ time because quarter mile is as much about the driver as it is the car. In a quick sprint, the less time you are on the clutch means more time on the gas, you need time on the gas to let the engine, you’ve worked so hard to improve, do it’s job.
A short shifter is the only thing that will get you off the clutch, and back onto the gas pedal. Trouble is, you drive your car everyday, and you don’t race everywhere you go. Having a shifter set to 50% of the stock throw will get you through the quarter mile quicker, but it will also be harder on you and your MINI. Shortshifters take away the leverage the factory gave you in exchange for smaller, quicker, and more precise movements. Traffic is already the bane of manual drivers; the extra leverage only makes it worse.