MINI reveals race-bred JCW ‘Challenge’

Words by Matt de Prez @mattdeprez
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A small team of MINI engineers have toiled away out-of-hours to create the ultimate road-going MINI. The John Cooper Works Challenge features adjustable suspension, a limited slip differential and Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres.


Limited to a maximum of 100 units, the exclusive MINI features a unique colour combination and graphics, Genuine MINI JCW Pro Accessories, and is available in one fixed specification only at a price of £32,000.


The new MINI JCW Challenge uses the latest MINI JCW Hatch as its basis. Powered by a 2-litre four-cylinder engine featuring MINI TwinPower Turbo technology, which develops 231 BHP and 320 nm of torque.


These prodigious outputs enable a 0-62mph time of just 6.3-seconds, with a top speed of 153mph. Nevertheless, when fitted with a six-speed manual it can still return 42mpg, with C02 emissions of just 155g/km.


MINI JCW challenge is identifiable by its bespoke body panels, including enlarged air intakes at the front for increased cooling, uniquely contoured wheel arch extensions and a rear spoiler. Inside there’s JCW sports seats and sports steering wheel.


Realising that the existing hatch’s power output was already ample, the engineering team concentrated their efforts in the areas of chassis, tyres and braking.

Nitron built the suspension and Quaife provided a limited slip differential. The lightweight wheels come from Team Dynamics. All these brands supply the MINI John Cooper Works racing car that competes in the top class of the UK MINI Challenge.


The 330mm front discs are paired with four-pot Brembo calipers, sourced from the MINI JCW Pro Accessories range. These utilise specially developed Mintex brake pads. This combination offers superb braking power with excellent resistance to fade on track.


The new John Cooper Works Challenge takes full advantage of the MINI JCW Pro Accessories already available for John Cooper Works Hatch. There is a carbon fibre air intake and door mirror covers and a JCW Pro exhaust with carbon fibre tailpipe finishers which can be controlled via a Bluetooth link, offering a choice of Sport and Track sound levels.


MINI John Cooper Works Challenge will be built in no more than 100 units, and is available with one fixed specification and exclusively with MINI’s acclaimed 6-speed manual gearbox.

Every John Cooper Works Challenge is painted in White Silver, can be readily identifiable by a bespoke graphics package, and has the 17” alloy wheels finished in black.

The standard specification includes Piano Black interior trim, rear Park Distance Control, Rain Sensor with Auto headlight activation and Adaptive LED headlights. No amendments to the standard specification are possible.

MINI John Cooper Works Challenge will be unveiled to the public for the first time on the MINI stand at Goodwood Festival of Speed, 23rd to 26th June, and is available to order now.



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