Mini John Cooper Works Coupé Endurance to Debut at the Nürburgring 24

By now you should have seen the 2012 Mini Cooper Coupe, which was officially unveiled this week but you will get an even better look at the new Mini coupe if you’re attending this year’s Nürburgring 24-hour race.

The Mini John Cooper Works Coupé Endurance racer will line up at this year’s 24-hour race at the Nürburgring-Nordschleife circuit. The John Cooper Works Coupé Endurance racer starts with the 2012 Mini John Cooper Works Coupe, but is prepped for use on the track. The racer is powered by the same 1.6L engine as the other Mini Cooper Coupes, but its final output has been bumped up to 250 horsepower, from the 208-hp in the standard Mini John Cooper Works Coupe.

The racer is now even more like a “go cart” with its stiffened suspension and adjustable shock absorber units allow the suspension set-up to be adapted to fluctuating track conditions. Inside the seats have been replaced by a sports bucket seat with six-point safety belt and Formula One-style HANS (Head And Neck Support) system. A roll cage that is welded to the body has also been added.

The race starts this weekend…

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