The Mini Cooper JCW is making a return to the motorsport division and will be competing at the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring this year.
This follows a ten-year hiatus from the motorsport fraternity with the race car, entered by the private team Bulldog Racing, is built in Nürburg and will compete in the SP3T class earmarked to take place from 26 to 29 May.
The base racing car is the Mini John Cooper Works which packs a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine with 225 kW and 450 Nm of torque plus an 8-speed Steptronic transmission. To make sure the Mini JCW is race-ready, several modifications that go beyond SP3T class regulations have been made.
These include a racing roll cage specially developed for this model, fuel tank capacity increased to 100 litres, an adjustable rear wing, a completely covered underbody, rear diffuser and front splitter, and model-specific racing suspension with adjustable rebound and compression damping.
The racing Mini JCW is further equipped with the replacement of all moving chassis and suspension parts for Uniball bearings, a pneumatic lifting unit, fitting of original BMW M Performance brake components as well as a sports exhaust system with a racing catalytic converter.
Other modifications include weight reduction that comes courtesy of Makrolon window panes.
The Mini John Cooper Works racing car pays homage to the racing tradition of the Mini brand in the classic colour scheme of the 1960s racing cars in red and white. The driver line-up and the further race programme for 2022 will be announced at a later date.