Mini’s roots are entrenched firmly in motorsport, particularly rallying and early touring car exploits, and under BMW’s leadershp, the company is returning to its winning ways.
Following its involvement in the World Rally Championship this year, Mini has now announced it will take its recently unveiled new Coupe model to the infamous 24 hour race at the Nürburgring-Nordschleife circuit in Germany. With the participation of the “Mini John Cooper Works Coupé Endurance”, as it’s rather clumsily known, the Nürburgring 24-hour race will become the world staging point for this automotive premiere. At the same time, the extreme demands of the classic endurance event will ensure the new Mini will be given a baptism of fire.
The car is fully prepared for motorsport. Providing the power is a specially-tuned version of the production John Cooper Works engine. The 1.6-liter four-cylinder turbo unit will deliver 250hp, with the Overboost function pushing peak torque to 240 lb-ft. Top speed is in excess of 150mph.
The JCW Coupé Endurance sees the brand’s traditional go-kart handling put to the ultimate test. In this case, stiff race suspension will ensure impressive roadholding. Adjustable KW shock absorbers have been fitted to adapt to the fluctuating track conditions at the Nordschleife.
The more steeply raked windscreen of the coupé silhouette sets it apart from the Hatch and helps minimize aerodynamic drag. However, the John Cooper Works Aerodynamics Package will further enhance the Coupé’s performance; consisting of a front spoiler, rear diffuser and adjustable rear wing to generate downforce between the front and rear axle.
The Mini John Cooper Works Coupé Endurance is fitted with safety features such as a welded-in rollcage and sports bucket seat with six-point harnesses plus a HANS system. In the interests of rapid pit stops, the Coupé is also kitted out with an integral pneumatic jack system.
MINI John Cooper Works Coupé Endurance
|Engine||Tuned version of series-produced MINI John Cooper Works engine with adapted engine management. Four-cylinder in-line engine (front/transverse-mounted) with twin-scroll turbocharger and petrol direct injection. Racing exhaust system|
|Output||Approx. 184 kW / approx. 250 hp|
|Max. torque||Approx. 330 Nm (incl. Overboost)|
|Top speed||> 240 km/h|
|Power transfer||Front-wheel drive, sequential six-speed gearbox with electronic differential lock|
|Suspension||Independent race suspension (KW Suspension) with adjustable compression and rebound, adjustable front strut brace|
|Tires||Racing tyres (Dunlop) / slicks: 215/45 R17, wets: 205/620 R17, 17-inch racing rims (Borbet)|
|Body||John Cooper Works Aerodynamics Package, adjustable rear wing, rear diffuser acc. to regulations, pneumatic jack|
|Safety||MINI Challenge braking system with Race ABS, race-tuned DSC, welded-in roll cage, six-point safety belt, racing seat (Recaro) with HANS system, main switch concept with electronically controlled fire extinguishing equipment|
|Interior||Racing steering wheel (Sparco), Drive Data Display with shift display|
|Tank capacity||100 litres|