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MINI's potent new racer

2007-08-14 08:22
BMW is to unleash the ultimate MINI for the British MINI CHALLENGE racing championship.

According to BMW the new model offers even more torque, faster acceleration and a higher top speed, faster lateral acceleration and optimised traction.

The new MINI John Cooper Works CHALLENGE will be unveiled at next month's Frankfurt Motor Show.

A specially developed John Cooper Works performance engine tailored specifically to the requirements of motorsport will provide maximum output of 154 kW.

And while this figure is the same as the current MINI CHALLENGE race car, optimised engine characteristics give an increase in torque from 260 to 280 Nm, provided by overboost.

Further points are the reduction in starter weight by 30 kg to 1 150 kg, 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. Top speed, in turn, is 240 km/h.

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