Mini is ready to throw its all-new Coupe into the lion’s den — the John Cooper Works team has now prepped an Endurance version of the Coupe ready to take on the competition at the 24 Hours of Nürburgring.
Based off of the new 2012 John Cooper Works Coupe, the JCW Coupe Endurance model has received a host of powertrain and chassis updates to ready it for the day-long race. Power output from the turbocharged 1.6-liter inline-four cylinder has been bumped 42 hp and 51 lb-ft to 250 hp and 243 lb-ft. As a result, its top speed is now somewhere north of 149 mph.
A stiffer suspension setup with adjustable shock absorbers will help the JCW Coupe Endurance to tackle the multitude of elevation changes of the 13-mile track. To create the added downforce needed for race speeds, the car is outfitted with a JCW aerodynamics package that includes a front spoiler, rear diffuser, and oversized adjustable rear wing.
Other additions include a full welded roll cage, sports bucket seats with six-point harnesses, and a Formula 1-style head-and-neck support system. The car’s upgraded, race-tuned ABS system and race-tuned dynamic stability control help to keep things in line while on the track. To speed up pit stops, the Coupe Endurance has a pneumatic jacking system built-in.
The Mini JCW Coupe Endurance will make its race debut this weekend at the 24 Hours of Nürburgring in Germany, and will be Mini’s first entrance in the competition. Good luck!