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.
Born for the "Green Hell" adventure: The MINI John Cooper Works Coupé Endurance.
Racing car celebrates world premiere in 24-hour race at the Nürburgring-Nordschleife.
Munich. Motor sport is in the MINI genes. And now the carmaker is set to add a new chapter to its racing heritage with the arrival of the MINI John Cooper Works Coupé Endurance. The newly developed racer will line up at this year's 24-hour race at the Nürburgring-Nordschleife circuit, previewing the series-production version of the car due to be unveiled to the public in autumn 2011.
With the participation of the MINI John Cooper Works Coupé Endurance, the Nürburgring 24-hour race will be staging an automotive world premiere for the first time in its history. At the same time, the extreme demands of the classic endurance event ensure the new MINI model will be given a baptism of fire.
MINI's declared aim in entering the Nürburgring 24-hour race is to experience the adventure of the "Green Hell", as the Nürburgring-Nordschleife is affectionately known. And the brand has called, among other things, on the experience gained over many years of MINI Challenge sprint racing in the development of its new racing car for this unique event.
A pure-bred racing set-up will equip the MINI John Cooper Works Coupé Endurance for a full day lapping the combined Nordschleife/Grand Prix circuit at race speed. Providing the power is a specially-tuned version of the series-produced MINI John Cooper Works engine. The 1.6-litre four-cylinder unit which boasts a twin-scroll turbocharger and petrol direct injection delivers 250 hp, and the Overboost function pushes peak torque up to 330 Newton metres. Top speed is in excess of 240 km/h.
The MINI John Cooper Works Coupé Endurance sees the brand's customary go-kart feeling taken to a whole new level. The stiff race suspension ensures impressive roadholding and gives the driver constant, direct feedback from the road surface. Adjustable shock absorber units allow the suspension set-up to be adapted to fluctuating track conditions, a feature that will come in particularly handy at the Nordschleife.
The more steeply raked windscreen of the car's flat coupé silhouette sets it apart clearly from the Hatch and helps to minimise aerodynamic drag, which the drivers will acknowledge with a smile on the circuit's long straights.
The John Cooper Works Aerodynamics Package further enhances the Coupé's already supreme handling; the front spoiler, rear diffuser and adjustable rear wing generate downforce, optimising the balance between the front and rear axle.
The MINI John Cooper Works Coupé Endurance achieves an exceptionally high level of safety thanks to features including a roll cage welded to the body and a sports bucket seat with six-point safety belt and Formula One-style HANS (Head And Neck Support) system. When it comes to active safety, the car adopts the proven braking system with Race ABS from MINI Challenge
racing and adds a specially tuned DSC dynamic control system, likewise optimised for the race track. Plus, in the interests of safety and rapid pit stops the MINI John Cooper Works Coupé Endurance is kitted out with an integrated pneumatic jack.