MINI John Cooper Works Coupe Endurance | For Nurburgring-Nordschleife 24 Hours

By - June 23rd, 2011

What better method to demonstrate the prowess of the new MINI Coupe than on the Nurburgring of Germany? Just days after its debut, MINI and its parent company, BMW, announced the MINI Coupe’s participation in the upcoming Nurburgring 24-Hour endurance race. Commonly known as the “green hell” by professional racers, the Nürburgring-Nordschleife course is among the most difficult and dangerous in the world. In preparation for the challenges ahead, MINI reworked its coupe into the MINI John Cooper Works Coupe Endurance, a tuned edition with a direct injected, twin turbocharged 1.6-liter four cylinder powerplant. Suspension tweaked to be race ready while its windshield reclined to give the vehicle a more aerodynamic silhouette. Meanwhile, the addition of front spoiler, rear diffuser, and a large adjustable rear wing allows more stability, especially when the car is expected to reach 150 mph along the way. Safety was key consideration as well. Though it will drive like go cart, the MINI John Cooper Works Coupé Endurance will have the same HANS safety harness found on Formula One. Plus, the DSC dynamic control system, a Race ABS, along with a pneumatic jack for quick tire change. Watch for this 250-horsepower pocket rocket on the Nurburgring 24 Hours this weekend.