The 2011 MINI John Cooper Works Coupe Endurance opens a new chapter in the racing heritage of the British carmaker. The newly developed racer previews the series-production version of the car planned to make its public debut in the autumn of 2011 and it is going to line up at this year's 24-hour race at the Nurburgring-Nordschleife circuit. The new MINI model is expected to give a baptism of fire due to the extreme demands of the classic endurance event. The Nurburgring-Nordschleife is affectionately known as the "Green Hell" and MINI's aim is to experience this, calling on the work over many years of MINI Challenge sprint racing.
The 1.6-liter four-cylinder unit raises an output of 250 HP and a peak torque of 330 Nm, reaching a maximum speed of 240 km/h. The driver gets direct, constant feedback from the road surface through the stiff race suspension which ensures impressive roadholding. The front spoiler, rear diffuser and adjustable rear wing generate downforce, optimising the balance between the front and rear axle.
A high level of safety is achieved by the MINI John Cooper Works Coupe Endurance, including a sports bucket seat with six-point safety belt and Formula One-style HANS (Head And Neck Support) system together with a roll cage welded to the body. In terms of active safety, the car makes an extensive use of the braking system with Race ABS from MINI Challenge racing, adding a specially tuned DSC dynamic control system.
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