2012 MINI Cooper B-Spec Racer

Every automaker that has small car on their line-up has taken to modifying these models for B-Spec competition. We saw a couple of them introduced at the 2011 SEMA Auto Show - the Kia Rio and the Toyota Yaris come to mind - and now, it appears that one more will be making its debut at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show.
MINI USA, together with MINI of Charleston in South Carolina, have announced that a MINI Cooper Hardtop will formally enter B-Spec competition for the 2012 season.

"B-Spec racing is a great fit for MINI because the car is developed with racing heritage in mind and the races are run with vehicles very similar to those already sitting in the driveway,” said Jim McDowell, Vice President – MINI USA.

As race-spec models, the Cooper B-Spec will be completely overhauled to adhere to the standards and regulations of the B-Spec class. One of the most important modifications on the Cooper will be made on the interior, where almost all of the accessories and features of the road-going car will be stripped out and replaced by racing and safety equipment. Among the items that will be fitted into the Cooper B-Spec racer include a new Kirkey Intermediate Road Racing Seat, a Kirk Racing Roll Cage, Schroth Hybrid III Harnesses, Cage Nets, and Window Net.

As far as the engine is concerned, the Cooper B-Spec Racer will retain the 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine of the road car, together with the 121-horsepower and 114 lb/ft of torque numbers it comes with. Moreover, the suspension set-up of the race car will feature KW V1 Coilover Struts and Shocks/ Vorshlag front camber plates while the wheel/tire set-up will comprise of a new set of 15" Kosei K1 aluminum alloy wheels wrapped in Hoosier SM6 tires.


4 comments:

It is still nice that they used the same platform and styling from its ancestor. For me, Mini Cooper is the cutest car I had ever seen. It can already line up with those good-looking and has an efficient speed race vehicle today.

It’s still nice that they used the same platform and styling from its ancestor. B-spec racer could already line up with those good-looking and has an efficient speed race vehicle today, and I will surely wait for the figure performance of this.

Well, I really didn’t expect it that MINI would make their own race car, and I must say that I’m truly impressed with it. So far, MINI is the cutest race car today because on the fact that it is a small vehicle.

Wow! What a cute small race car! smiley MINI cooper looks so cool on its graphic design, but I hope that its engine will be quite good enough for a sports car. Anyway, I would love to know the figure performance of it.

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