For the past few weeks, Mini has been showing off it’s new Coupe model via the usual barrage of press releases and photos. Well, the Coupe’s vacation ended last week as Mini tested its new model for 24 hours around the “Green Hell.”
“We were prepared for a dramatic race right from the start,” said Dirk Hollweg, Head of MINI Motorsport. “And that is just what happened.”
The Endurance races cars are based off the new 2012 John Cooper Works Coupe and were fitted with a number of racing bits to help conquer the Green Hell. The 1.6-liter turbocharged-four cylinder was tweaked to put out 250-hp and 243 lb-ft of torque (42-hp and 51 lb-ft more than the stock engine), while top speed was been increased to 149 mph. Stiffer shocks, a JCW aerodynamics package, a rollcage, six-point seat harness and a pneumatic, built-in jacking system round off the package.
“It was the first 24 hours race for me, and I had never driven the Nürburgring Nordschleife at night before, said Hendrik Vieth, driver of car #146. “That both cars reached the finish line was super. I cannot imagine a much better result.”
Source: Mini Motorsports