Following the recent announcement that the Pirelli World Challenge Touring Car racing series would add a B-Spec class for Sub-Compacts (see the earlier News story at www.eurotuner.com), Mini USA has partnered with Mini of Charleston, SC to build and sell cars applicable to the new series in 2012.
B-Spec vehicles are production-based and equalized on power and weight to ensure competitive racing. In addition to the World Challenge, all the major North American sanctioning bodies (SCCA, Grand Am, NASA and World Challenge) will host B-Spec races in 2012.
“B-Spec racing is a great fit for Mini because the car is developed with racing heritage in mind, and the races are run with vehicles similar to those sitting in the driveway,” said Jim McDowell from Mini USA. “Getting involved offers a fun and competitive race environment without requiring Mini drivers to make a large financial investment to make their car a serious competitor.”
Mini of Charleston will build and sell turn-key Mini Hardtop racing vehicles by the start of the 2012 season. It will also offer class-legal conversion kits so the owner of any 2007-12 Mini Cooper Hardtop can be ready to race in B-Spec. All safety equipment will meet or exceed requirements.
Mini USA’s existing contingency program for all four racing series will be extended to include sanctioned B-Spec race teams, with financial compensation for an eligible podium finish.
“Mini entering B-Spec racing has many benefits,” said Vinnie Kung from Mini USA. “Drivers can enter the racing arena for a fairly low investment and the contingency program could even pay off the car itself in about a year.”
Final contingency payout information, as well as detailed pricing for the Mini Hardtop adapted by Mini of Charleston and the conversion kits, will be announced nearer the start of the 2012 season.
2012 Mini Cooper Hardtop B-Spec Racer
HP: 121 at 6000rpm, factory rated
TQ: 114 at 4250rpm, factory rated
Steering: Electric power-assisted rack and pinion, 14.1:1 ratio
Weight: 2535 lb, 60.4/39.6% F/R distribution, factory rated
Suspension: KW V1 coilovers, Vorshlag front camber plates
Brakes: Standard Mini system with Carbotech pads and Way Motorworks braided hoses.
Safety Equipment: Kirk Racing rollcage, Kirkey Intermediate seat, Schroth harnesses, cage and window nets
Wheel/Tire: 15x7” Kosei K1/ 205/50-15 Hoosier SM6