Video: Mini JCW Coupe Endurance Racer

Article by Christian Andrei, on June 25, 2011

To drum up some hype, MINI has entered its 2012 Mini Coupe with the John Cooper Works Endurance kit in the Nurburgring race. MINI wants to make sure that even if you weren’t there, you’d still see how its racer performed. MINI has released several videos that captured what was happening in and out of the car as well as on the track.

Powering this car is a 250hp version of the same forced-induction four-cylinder engine that’s under the hood of the JCW range-topper.

MINI has yet to really go into the tiny details but it has been fitted with numerous safety features, including a roll cage welded to the body, Formula One-style HANS (Head And Neck Support) system, and a sports bucket seat with a six-point safety belt. In terms of active safety, the car has been installed with a braking system that uses Race ABS from MINI Challenge racing.

It also features a specially tuned DSC dynamic control system that was optimized for racing. MINI released a statement, saying that as “motor sport is in the MINI genes,” it will mark a new chapter in its racing history with the appearance of the MINI John Cooper Works Coupé Endurance.

This recently developed racing vehicle is set to appear at the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring-Nordschleife circuit. It gives MINI enthusiasts a preview of the series-production version that will debut in autumn 2011.

The 24-hour Nürburgring race will have a rather interesting participant in MINI John Cooper Works Coupé Endurance. The more than 250,000 people expected at the popular 24 hour race will be the first ones to see the new MINI model as it competes in one of the classes in the race. This marks the company's first foray into the world of 24-hour endurance racing and is rightfully dubbed as a baptism of fire.

The car manufacturer has stated that they want to experience the Nürburgring-Nordschleife, which fans also call "Green Hell". The 14.2 mile track is the best roadtest for the MINI's new model.

And if MINI is sounding confident, it is because they are bringing the things that they have learned from the various Mini Challenge series over the past few years into making the John Cooper Works Coupé Endurance ready for the whole day laps at really fast race speed.

You could very well say that the MINI John Cooper Works Coupé Endurance was built with the Nürburgring race in mind.

First, you have a custom tuned engine that gives the John Cooper Works Coupe Endurance 250 hp of power. The 1.6-liter unit has four cylinders, petrol direct injection, and twin-scroll turbo charger. In fact, expected full speed is estimated to be more than 240 kilometers per hour. Torque is also improved to peak at 330 Newton meters.

And while MINI fans and drivers love the car for its roadworthy go-kart feeling, the MINI John Cooper Works Coupé Endurance improves on that as well. The new MINI model has a stiff race suspension to guarantee that the car remains stable even at amazingly high speeds. Apart from the top-notch roadholding, the driver would also have direct and continuous road surface feedback. Further, the John Cooper Works Coupe Endurance features adjustable shock absorbers that would make Green Hell seem straight and well-paved.

Unlike the MINI Hatch, the John Cooper Works Coupe Endurance has a flatter rake in its windscreen. The flatter rake allows for more speed as it lessens aerodynamic drag, especially on the circuit's wide stretches of straight tracks. On top of the faster speed, the John Cooper Works Coupe could also rely on its Aerodynamics Package should it need more downforce. The package includes the front spoiler, adjustable rear wing, and the rear diffuser. All of these guarantee to keep the car safely on the tarmac, as well as striking the best balance between the rear and front axles.

Speaking of safety, MINI John Cooper Works Coupé Endurance has several passive safety features such as a roll cage welded securely to the body, six-point safety belt, sports bucket seat, and a Head and Neck Support System at par with Formula One standards. The MINI John Cooper Works Coupe Endurance also has the MINI Challenge cars' Race ABS enhanced with a racing-optimized DSC dynamic control system, as well as an integrated pneumatic jack for safe rapid pit stops.

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