Mini gives Coupe its racing debut at Nurburgring 24-hour race
Mini's re-entry into the world of motor racing continues with an unusual public debut for its new Coupe model.
The brand has built a one-off endurance machine to compete in this weekend's Nurburgring 24-hour race.
Dubbed the Mini John Cooper Works Coupe Endurance, the heavily modified car is intended to preview the production version that goes on sale this autumn.
Beneath the racing livery and an aerodynamic pack which includes an adjustable rear wing, the Coupe gets a tuned version of the standard 1.6-litre turbocharged engine that develops 247bhp.
Torque has also been increased with overboost function to 243lb ft and top speed is said to be in excess of 150mph.
The Coupe adds race suspension to the overhaul, including adjustable shock absorbers to help accommodate the punishing undulations of the Nurburgring-Nordschleife circuit.
Along with the WRC campaign it's clear that Mini is serious about reestablishing its image in motorsport. Expect the brand to follow up its involvement with some road-going special editions to take advantage of the connection.