The new MINI John Cooper Works CHALLENGE will be making its first appearance at the 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show, where the public will be able to gain a first impression of the new racing car which will be delivered to the participating teams in good time before the start of the next MINI CHALLENGE in spring 2008
Apart from the teams themselves, for the first time ever other ambitious motorsport enthusiasts will also be able to acquire and race the new
MINI John Cooper Works CHALLENGE.
The new MINI John Cooper Works CHALLENGE will be delivered to customers in race trim, and a specially developed John Cooper Works performance engine will provide maximum output
of 154 kW/210 hp.
And while this figure is the same as the current MINI CHALLENGE race car, optimised engine characteristics and an increase in torque from 260 to
280 Newton-metres (192–206 lb-ft) provided by overboost gives the driver everything he needs for even better performance and higher speeds on
Further points are the reduction in starter weight by 30 kg to 1,150 kg/66 lb to 2,536 lb (including the driver), improved aerodynamics all round and numerous modifications to the chassis and suspension.
The new MINI John Cooper Works CHALLENGE accelerates to 100 km/h
in just 6.1 seconds. And thanks to its special brake system, the car takes just 3.1 seconds to come to a standstill from 100 km/h or 62 mph. Top speed, in turn, is 240 km/h or 149 mph. Another particular forte of the MINI John Cooper Works CHALLENGE is its outstanding lateral acceleration – the high speed coming into the bend is therefore also achievable when coming
out onto the next straight. A limited-slip differential featured for the first time on a MINI CHALLENGE racing car, finally, helps the driver keep to the ideal line at an even higher speed when leaving a bend.