Mini’s first return to the grid in 10 years with race-spec upgrades for Hot hatch
Mini will be returning to top-flight motorsport with a track-prepared Mini JCW GP hot-hat for next month’s Nurburgring 24 Hours.
Bulldog Racing created the race car. It is located near the Nurburgring engineering center of Mini parent company BMW.
Bulldog started the project in September. It has since added a racing cage and an endurance-racing-friendly 100-litre fuel container.
The same turbocharged 4-pot with 302bhp as the road-going JCW GP is still attached to an 8-speed automatic gearbox and a manual limited-slip differential. However, a new race-spec exhaust system has been fitted.
Bulldog claims the car pays tribute to Mini’s racing heritage with a red-and-white colour scheme that was inspired by Mini’s 1960s rally racers.
It is not yet clear if the race car will be inspired to create a special edition for road travel.
The team hopes that this JCW special will bring it to the podium at 50th edition of the legendary race, which takes place from 26 to 29 Mai. It raced last at the 2012 event.
Racing will be held on the Grand Prix circuit as well as the Nordschleife, which runs for 15.77 miles. An announcement of the driver lineup is yet to be made.
Mini is a veteran in competitive racing. He has won six of the last ten years in Dakar and WRC.
The GPE will be modeled, as the name implies, after the racy JCW GP. It features prominent side skirts along with a large rear wing and chunky rear wing.
For the foreseeable future, the brand will continue to produce combustion sports cars. Bernd Korber, ex-Mini boss, has previously confirmed that John Cooper Works models with traditional combustion engines will continue their important role in meeting the needs and wishes of motorsport enthusiasts all over the globe.