BMW MINI John Cooper Works returns to Nürburgring after 10-year break
A MINI John Cooper Works will compete in the legendary 24-hour race at the Nürburgring after a ten-year break. The race has been car entered by the private team Bulldog Racing and built up in Nürburg. The 50th edition of the high-speed race will take place this year from 26 to 29 May on the 25.378 kilometre circuit consisting of the Grand Prix circuit and the Nordschleife of the Nürburgring.
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The base vehicle for the competition is a MINI John Cooper Works with a four-cylinder turbo engine found on the MINI John Cooper Works Clubman and MINI John Cooper Works Countryman. The engine is rated to churn out 225 kW/306 hp and a maximum torque of 450 Nm. The eight-speed Steptronic gearbox taken from large-series-production featuring an integrated, mechanical differential lock with a locking effect of up to 70% ensures that the drive torque is converted into thrilling performance without any losses.
For racing purposes, the standard MINI John Cooper Works has been modified with installation of a racing cage. Its fuel tank volume was increased to 100 litres while an adjustable rear wing, a completely covered underbody, a rear diffuser and front splitter were added for aerodynamic purposes.
The vehicle's weight was consistently reduced by using Makrolon window panes. A model-specific racing suspension with adjustable rebound and compression damping was fitted while all moving chassis and suspension parts were replaced with reinforced Uniball bearings. Additionally, a pneumatic lifting unit was installed.
The sports exhaust system of the MINI John Cooper Works was adapted with a racing catalytic converter and original BMW M Performance brake components were installed. The MINI John Cooper Works racing car "Made in Nürburg" pays homage to the racing tradition of the MINI brand, featuring a classic colour scheme of the 1960s racing cars in red and white.