Defenders of Speed (DoS) was founded in January 2008 in a quest to reap more speed and consistency from the R53 and R56 MINI Cooper S. The owner and lead designer of DoS, Clint Cope, is an industrial designer who has created many successful products in a variety of industries—including toys, computers, housewares, and work gear. He enjoys designing just about anything, but has retained a longtime passion for products that move.
Clint has been a car enthusiast all his life and Mini nut since his first automotive design classes at Syracuse University in 1997 and later Graduate studies at Georgia Tech from 2004-2006. The classic Mini was used as a benchmark in his studies in eco-friendly cars and the compact car envelope. When the new MINI came stateside in 2001-2002, he promptly traded his '96 Volkswagen Passat for the Electric Blue MCS you see on this page—then the modding began. . .
The company's design efforts are currently focused on the development of new parts for the R56-thru-R60 and R53 MINI Cooper S via internal efforts and our design/tuning partners. We design, dyno, test, and source products that net solid power gains, enable consistent power, and have elegant installations. We want you to be as consistenly amazed by MINIs as we are.