It’s fair to say Mini has had a few fingers in the motorsport pie. Today, TopGear.commers, it has extended another stubby digit by revealing the Mini JCW Coupe racer to Earth.
The newly borne front-wheel-drive racing coupe will take its place on the grid on the tortuous, forested walls of the Green Hell this weekend; it’s going racing at the Nurburgring 24hrs.
A ‘specially-tuned’ version of the turbocharged 1.6-litre four-pot JCW engine develops 250bhp and 243lb ft of torque (on overboost), while top speed is indicated at 150mph. As expected, it gets a racing exhaust system, stiffer KW Suspension race setup with adjustable shocks and an adjustable front strut brace, together with an aero package consisting of a front spoiler, rear diffuser and adjustable rear wing to help generate crucial downforce.