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Unveiling of brand new UK-only model, MINI John Cooper Works Challenge ony 100 will be built. The fastest production car exclusively built for UK market will go up the Hill climb along with the MINI Challenge Race Car MINI ambassadors, Harry Hunt and Charlie Butler-Henderson available for interviews on MINI stand throughout the weekend

The world premiere of the first MINI design model of the current generation will take pride of place on the MINI stand at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed.

UK only model, limited production run, with each car numbered. Unique colour and specification combination

Inspired by the latest MINI Challenge racing car, with key technical features developed in partnership with the same suppliers involved with the race car

Adjustable suspension, high-grip Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres, lightweight alloy wheels, limited slip differential, upgraded braking power, Genuine MINI JCW Pro Accessories

Based on the potent MINI John Cooper Works, featuring 231hp and a 153mph top speed

Premiere at Goodwood Festival of Speed, priced at £32,000 OTR

This will be a very rare MINI with only 100 being produced and at £32k puts it firmly into Ford Focus RS territory. It will be interesting to know how many we see on the road.

The new MINI Cooper John Cooper Works Challenge takes track-driving performance to a new level, while also offering a thrilling on-road driving experience that doesn’t sacrifice everyday comforts and refinement.

Based on the ultimate performance MINI, the latest John Cooper Works Hatch, the Challenge takes more than just inspiration from the current Challenge-specification racing car.

The small, passionate development team, based at MINI Plant Oxford in the UK, worked in partnership with key suppliers on the racing car to deliver the best solutions for a genuinely credible trackday machine. With its super-sticky Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres, adjustable suspension and limited slip differential, the MINI John Cooper Works Challenge takes bespoke track performance to levels never before seen in the small hot hatch class.

Limited to a maximum of 100 units, the exclusive MINI John Cooper Works Challenge features a unique colour combination and graphics, Genuine MINI JCW Pro Accessories, and is available in one fixed specification only.

A home-grown performance hero, designed and developed in the UK

The basis for the new John Cooper Works Challenge is the MINI John Cooper Works Hatch, manufactured, like other MINI vehicles, at MINI Plant Oxford. It’s there that a small group of MINI employees had a dream to create a MINI that was specifically designed and developed to excel on a racing circuit, while maintaining perfectly useable manners on the public road. They collected their ideas outside of work time, fuelled by the desire to create a car that truly unlocked the performance potential of the latest MINI Hatch on a racing circuit. Extensive testing was then carried out on a range of circuits throughout the UK, with considerable road mileage also accrued as the specification and settings of the car were fine-tuned.

MINI John Cooper Works Challenge came to life in ‘Building 71’, a non-descript unit at Plant Oxford that houses OX4 Racing, a racing team run exclusively by MINI employees. It can therefore be said that the new MINI John Cooper Works Challenge is truly a ‘works’ car for the track, in the finest tradition.

High performance starting point: the MINI John Cooper Works Hatch

The new MINI John Cooper Works Challenge uses the latest MINI John Cooper Works Hatch as its basis – itself the most potent MINI ever produced. Powered by a 2-litre four-cylinder engine featuring MINI TwinPower Turbo technology, model-specific design of the pistons, turbocharger and exhaust release 231hp and 320nm 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 gearbox (the only gearbox option available for John Cooper Works Challenge), John Cooper Works manages a remarkable 42.2mpg, with C02 emissions of just 155g/km.

MINI John Cooper Works Challenge is readily identifiable by its bespoke body addenda, including enlarged air intakes at the front for increased cooling, uniquely contoured wheel arch extensions and a rear spoiler. Inside, John Cooper Works sports seats and sports steering wheel create the perfect environment for driving enjoyment.

Bespoke tuning parts for the ultimate road and track performance

The standard MINI John Cooper Works is a formidable performance car on road and track, but the John Cooper Works Challenge’s small engineering team knew that it could be taken further still if on-track ability was prioritised to a greater degree. Realising that John Cooper Works Hatch’s exceptional, and moreover reliable and fully warrantied, power output was already ample, they concentrated their efforts in the areas of chassis, tyres and braking.

Many road cars are said to be ‘inspired by the world of motor racing’, but the link with John Cooper Works Challenge is a more genuine one than most: the engineers turned to Nitron for the suspension, Mintex for the braking requirements, Quaife for the traction benefits of a limited slip differential and Team Dynamics for particularly lightweight alloy wheels. All these brands supply the MINI John Cooper Works racing car that competes in the top class of the UK MINI Challenge.

Chassis: tuned on road and track

Not only were the team searching for ultimate track performance, but MINI John Cooper Works Challenge was also to be a car that rewarded enthusiast drivers on the public road, while maintaining everyday usability. To that end, it seemed imperative that John Cooper Works Challenge featured a suspension that could be adjusted by the driver to the environment in which the car was being driven.

UK-based suspension supplier Nitron has provided coilover spring and damper units based on its NTR R1 system. These are adjustable for bump and rebound, as well as for overall ride height. The R1 is a direct development of the racing dampers used on the John Cooper Works racing car, and is hand-built with many titanium and hard-anodised parts to the very highest quality standards. Camber adjustment plates on the front axle allow for an increase in negative camber, with John Cooper Works Challenge possessing two degrees of negative camber on both the front and rear axle. Thanks to both camber and castor being adjustable, the suspension geometry of the new car is significantly different to that of the standard car. MINI John Cooper Works Challenge is supplied with recommended settings for both road and track driving, the damper units offering adjustment through numerous ‘clicks’, but owners can choose to experiment with their own settings to tune the car precisely to their own tastes.

For superior traction when powering out of corners, John Cooper Works Challenge is fitted with a Quaife automatic torque biasing (ATB) limited slip differential in place of the standard car’s open item. This proven component, which uses helical gears instead of a plate-type LSD, offers a seamless operation without any abrupt ‘lock up’, and assists braking performance as well as transferring power away from a spinning front wheel during acceleration. The Quaife ATB differential works in combination with all standard fit electronic systems (DSC, Performance Control, etc).

John Cooper Works Accessories fitted as standard

The new John Cooper Works Challenge takes full advantage of the MINI JCW Pro Accessories already available for John Cooper Works Hatch.

The JCW Pro Aerokit, which features lower front splitters, rear spoiler add-ons for the already large roof spoiler, rear diffuser and rear splitters for additional aerodynamic performance, enhances the already distinctive, aggressive exterior styling. The carbon fibre air intake further complements enhances the look of this new model, as do the Carbon Fibre Mirror Covers.

A JCW Pro exhaust with carbon fibre tailpipe finishers not only maximises the flow of spent gases, but also gives John Cooper Works Challenge a purposeful roar. It can be controlled via a Bluetooth link, offering a choice of Sport and Track sound levels.

The grooved brake discs are also taken from the JCW Pro Accessories range, although the Mintex pads fitted to the Challenge are unique to this model.

Unique specification

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. Black roof and mirror caps complete this unique style.

Inside, the Dinamica/cloth interior combination is also finished in Carbon Black. The passenger side facia of each car bears its unique build number in the series, testament to the exclusivity of this unique model. 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, and the OTR price is £32,000.

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 at MINI retailers across the UK now.

Our thoughts. It's a lot of money for a MINI Cooper JCW which has it up against rivals like the new Focus RS and Civic Type R and it does not appear to have a drift button like the RS. Has the same power output as the curent JCW but will be more of drivers car. It will certainly be a collectors item and one which will attract a lot attention and stands out from the crowd. We have seen comment from some that they will wait for the GP3, whenever that will be we don't know for sure. But if your interested in this very special MINI get yourself down to your local dealer today

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Patrick Mortimer who is a Team Scalextric driver in the MINI Challenge has very kindly offered British Mini Club members a free passenger ride around Snetterton Circuit in Norfolk in December. Patrick will have his 2013/14 MINI JCW ready to take you around the circuit. What an experience that would be.

There is also a chance for you to take your own car around the track with Patrick offering free instruction as well. What an opportunity for anyone interested in Motor Sport. 

Patrick comments below

"I will be at Snetterton for a open track day with my team Advent motorsport on Saturday 7th December 2013.

I shall have my 2013/14 Mini Challenge JCW at the circuit which will be fitted with a passenger seat for the day.

I shall be happy to give passenger rides to any members of British Mini club who wish to attend. MSVR fee’s for passengers is normally £10, however I shall be happy to offer this to you guy’s free of charge.

The Track day is open pit lane so if any members of BMC wish to take their cars on the circuit the cost will be £99 for the whole day, we are not expecting the track to be to busy so this would be ideal for those trying a track day for the first time.

I would also be happy to sit beside any BMC member if they decide to take there cars on track and provide some FREE instruction (I am a current ARD’s Approved racing instructor), which would be a pleasure.

I’m currently working on some modifications to my New 2014 Mini Coupe R58, and may have this at the track as well."

If your interested please contact Patrick on Twitter via https://twitter.com/prmoldoaks or send the BMC an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and we will pass your details on. It's very important your a BMC member so please have your card with you if you go to Snetterton.

To see more amazing images of Patricks MINI's pls follow him on Twitter @prmoldoaks 

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Saturday, 09 March 2013 23:03

Support Ben Gridley in MINI Challenge 2013

BEN GRIDLEY NEEDS YOUR HELP

In 2012 the British Mini Club were proud to help and support young up and coming driver Ben Gridley. It's fantastic to see young racing talent come through the ranks This will continue this year and you can help as well. In 2013 Ben Gridley aims to compete in the Mini Challenge Cooper Class after a number of appearances in the series since 2011, and has his eyes set firmly on the class title. But he needs your help to be on track throughout the season, starting on the 6/7 April at Snetterton.

For just £2,000 you can support Ben for any of the 7 rounds this season. But what do you get back? You receive:

- Unlimited Friday tickets

- 8 Saturday & Sunday tickets

- Full car livery

- Television coverage

- Invitation to post season event where guests can have

passenger rides with Ben

- Link on bengridley.co.uk

If this is something that interests you, you can contact Ben via This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or on 07553 444 392.

You can also support Ben for as little as £10, and have your picture on the bonnet stripes of his Mini. As well as this, you will be entered into a competiton to win tickets to rounds throughout the season:

1st Prize - 5 tickets to Zandvoort

2nd Prize - 3 tickets to any round (Exc Zandvoort)

3rd Prize - 2 tickets to Oulton Park or Castle Combe

T&C:

All prizes exclude travel and accommodation.

BenSamualRacing have the right to terminate the competition if it is necessary to do so.

You can support Ben for £10 by going to his GoFundMe page, www.gofundme.com/bengridley

To see more information about Ben you can see his official web site, www.bengridley.co.uk.

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