Here is the million dollar question. How would you prepare a MINI to make it sportier, faster and more effective on the track? We can think of many options. Maybe increase its power, but that would be relatively easy. Let’s forget about power. Let’s improve its brakes, its traction capacity, equip it with adjustable suspensions, and with tires that are more focused on the circuits than on the street. And that, without further ado, is what the MINI John Cooper Works Challenge, the spiciest version we have seen to date of the latest generation of MINI and MINI John Cooper Works.
The MINI John Cooper Works Challenge is a small street sport utility vehicle, but with track skills. The great drawback is that only 100 units will be made, each of them suitably numbered, and will only be marketed in the UK, and as a result they will have the steering wheel on the right.
MINI UK wanted to create a very special John Cooper Works. And for this he accepted that a group of workers, with great passion, gave free rein to their wishes by preparing this machine in Building 71 of the MINI factory in Oxford, in the same facilities where some MINI racing cars are prepared.
We already told you that the MINI John Cooper Works Challenge has not increased its power. It will continue to enjoy the two-liter four-cylinder engine, turbocharged through what the brand calls MINI TwinPower Turbo, with turbo and direct injection, and 231 hp of power that allow this machine to accelerate from 0 to 100 km / h in 6, 3 seconds and reach 246 km / h. This version will only be available with manual transmission and will feature a limited-slip limited-slip differential signed by Quaife.
Aesthetically, you will recognize it by its body kit, by its oversized wheel arches, its widened tracks, its aerodynamic kit, and its spoiler.
But the important thing is yet to come. We are talking about a true circuit preparation.
Preparation for the MINI John Cooper Works Challenge
* Nitro adjustable suspensions, height, extension and rebound.
* Camber adjustment, to increase negative decay.
* Limited slip self-locking differential
* 17 “light alloy wheels, with wider tires than those standard on the John Cooper Works.
* Semi-slick Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires.
* Brembo brakes with 330mm front axle discs and Mintex calipers.
What other elements would you add to your MINI John Cooper Works track and dream?
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