A specially prepared Mini John Cooper Works Hardtop is set to compete in the 2022 24 Hours of Nürburgring, Mini announced on Tuesday.
It will be the first time Mini has entered the grueling endurance race directly since 2011, when it competed with a race car based on the discontinued Coupe model.
For this year’s race, Mini will enter its JCW Hardtop in the SP3T class, designed for modified cars with turbocharged engines displacing no more than 2.0 litres. The Mini’s engine is a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 making 302 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque, and the transmission of choice is an 8-speed automatic.
Race modifications, prepared with help from Bulldog Racing in Germany, include a roll cage, enlarged fuel tank (now 26.4 gallons), weight saving measures, adjustable suspension (rebound and compression), pneumatic cylinders, reinforced ball bearings, improved brakes, and a high-flow exhaust. There’s also no missing new aero mods that include an adjustable rear spoiler, covered underbody and a new rear diffuser and front splitter.
The 2022 24 Hours of Nürburgring will take place over the weekend from May 28, and Mini has yet to say who it has chosen for the driver line-up.