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MINI in the 24-Hours Nürburgring 2014

2014 24H Nürburgring Team Dombek MINI #134

photo by Team Dombek

For the 2014 24-Hours Nürburgring, there are two MINI teams in the race running from June 21-22.  MINI competes in the SP 2T class.

 

Number Team Drivers Car
133 Ralf Zensen Wilms, Lothar
Bretschneider, Jürgen
Peters, Christopher
MINI JCW
134 Besaplast Racing Team 2 Kai Jordan
Thomas Tekaat
Henry Littig
Franjo Kovac
MINI JCW

You can follow the racing series and the teams from the links below:

Ralf Zensen – See NEXEN TIRE Motorsport Team Facebook page.

Besaplast Racing Team 2 – See Team Dombeck Facebook page.

 

See the 24-Hours Nürburgring Starting List 2014.

 

Leading up to the 24-Hours Nürburgring is a pair of races for the ADAC PROCAR series on June 20 and 21.

2014 24H Nürburgring Ralf Zensen MINI #133

photo by NEXEN TIRE Motorsport Team


MINI John Cooper Works Hardtop Concept

MINI  John Cooper Works Concept

From BMW Group PressClub Global:

Munich. Hallmark MINI style and technology lifted straight from the race track come together to mould the inimitable character of a John Cooper Works model, rendering the MINI sub-brand a byword for irresistible go-kart feeling and genuine everyday usability. And now a new contender for pole position has emerged to take this successful concept to the next stage and bring the promise of maximum driving fun to the small car segment. The MINI John Cooper Works Concept offers a look ahead to the next generation of the elite sports model. The study car will be presented for the first time at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) 2014 and flies the flag for innovative sportiness in time-honoured John Cooper Works style, with features including exclusive body paintwork in Bright Highways Grey, familiar MINI red colour accents, bespoke aerodynamic features and 18-inch John Cooper Works light-alloy wheels in a newly developed design.

The thrillingly sporty driving experience on board a John Cooper Works model is the result of an overall concept developed on the back of the brand’s many years of motor sport experience. The precise interplay of the ultra-high-performance powertrain and chassis technology with the car’s aerodynamically optimised exterior features ensures that the agile and surefooted handling we have come to know as the MINI go-kart feeling shines brightly in extremely sporty driving situations as well. The result is hardcore driving fun, taken into a new dimension by the MINI John Cooper Works Concept.

Perfect basis and extensive racing expertise deliver a new dimension in extreme driving fun.

The John Cooper Works Concept is based on the latest-generation MINI. Its origins are clearly recognisable in the longer wheelbase and wider track over the outgoing model, which has a direct effect on the car’s driving characteristics. The model variants of the new MINI available from launch have already shown themselves to be more powerful, punchy and agile than their predecessors. Weight savings and improved aerodynamic properties have also contributed significantly to the new car’s driving talents – and these developments likewise have a positive influence on the MINI John Cooper Works Concept.

Large air intakes – filling the space reserved for fog lights in the series-produced MINI models – and precisely formed air-channelling elements mark out the front apron of the MINI John Cooper Works Concept, which also features LED headlights and a black surround for the front grille. The model-specific John Cooper Works aerodynamic kit also comprises specially contoured side skirts and a rear apron with flaps and a diffuser element. The study car further features a roof spoiler and additional body components designed to channel air efficiently around the C-pillars for optimised aerodynamic balance at high speeds.

Exclusive body paintwork, familiar contrast colour.

The Bright Highways Grey exterior paint shade owes its expressive character to a special manufacturing process. The hand-polished surface layer is finished with a clear coat and the resulting lustrous sheen of the paintwork further accentuates the eye-catching structures of its pigment layer. Exuding purity and solidity, this paint finish is complemented by John Cooper Works hallmarks such as contrasting red for the roof, roof spoiler and exterior mirror caps. Also included are Sport Stripes – in Chili Red for the bonnet and boot lid, and in white for the roof. Additional red accents adorn the rim wells of the John Cooper Works light-alloy wheels, the callipers of the sports brakes, the side indicator surrounds and the contour lines of the front and rear apron. A red accent line also lends particular emphasis to the John Cooper Works logo on the radiator grille.

A further nod to the concept car’s impressive sporting focus can be found in the centre of the rear apron. The MINI John Cooper Works Concept is fitted with a sports exhaust system including John Cooper Works silencer system, and the striking twin tailpipes with chrome finish also carry the John Cooper Works logo. With the new elite sports model destined to benefit from further development, these features suggest its enticingly sporting aura will not be restricted to visual features: an unmistakable engine soundtrack promises to share centre stage.

Read the press release Setting its sights on pole position: The MINI John Cooper Works Concept. World premiere at the North American International Auto Show 2014 in Detroit.


MINI releases updated John Cooper Works press book

MINI John Cooper Works press book
MINI has released an updated version of its online press book called MINI John Cooper Works which covers all current aspects of the performance sub-brand.  The electronic press book is available in English and German and contains over 100 pages of text, tables, and photographs.  It covers all MINI JCW models including the forthcoming 2013 MINI JCW Paceman. The content is divided into six main sections:

  • Introduction
  • History
  • Models
  • Tuning
  • Motorsport
  • Specifications

You can also download the MINI John Cooper Works press book in English (PDF 132 MB) and German (PDF 132 MB).


MINI John Cooper Works Paceman announced

2013 MINI John Cooper Works Paceman

We knew it was coming soon, but yesterday MINI officially announced the MINI John Cooper Works Paceman.  The MINI JCW Paceman becomes the seventh model in the JCW line-up.

From BMW Group PressClub Global:

Elite performance model is based on the first compact Sports Activity Coupé. Driver and passengers in four individual seats enjoy racing feeling, turbocharged engine develops 160 kW/218 hp, standard equipment includes ALL4 all-wheel drive, an aerodynamic kit, 18-inch light-alloy wheels and lowered sports suspension.

Munich. The MINI John Cooper Works Paceman combines mouthwatering sporting flair and inimitable style to introduce a new dimension in driving fun to the premium compact segment. Its race-bred powertrain and chassis technology create a recipe for smile-inducing agility, and the overall concept of the first Sports Activity Coupé in its class gives it an immediate, show-stealing impact. The MINI John Cooper Works Paceman transfers the power developed by its 160 kW/218 hp four-cylinder turbocharged engine to the road with poise and assurance, courtesy of its standard ALL4 all-wheel-drive system. Lowered sports suspension and an aerodynamic kit also play their part in bringing an irresistible feeling of race competition to the driver and passengers in their four individual seats.

The MINI John Cooper Works Paceman celebrates its world premiere at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit in January 2013; its market launch will follow in March 2013. The new arrival swells the John Cooper Works ranks to seven models. The MINI John Cooper Works Paceman’s driving characteristics and design ensure it will stand out from the crowd in city traffic, as well as being the car of choice when maximum driving fun over longer distances is the order of the day. Instantaneous power delivery and an unquenchable appetite for revs define the engine under the bonnet of the MINI John Cooper Works Paceman. The turbocharged power unit teams up with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard; a six-speed automatic can be ordered as an option.

The MINI John Cooper Works Paceman sprints from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 6.9 seconds with either of the gearbox variants. Yet despite this intoxicating turn of speed, fuel economy is exemplary for its output class. The MINI John Cooper Works Paceman posts average fuel consumption in the EU test cycle of 7.4 litres (automatic: 7.9 litres) per 100 kilometres / 38.2 (35.8) mpg imp.

The distinctive character of the MINI John Cooper Works Paceman is underlined by bespoke design features. Standard specification includes an aerodynamic kit, 18-inch light-alloy wheels, a sports exhaust system with chrome tailpipes, and door sills bearing the John Cooper Works logo. As well as white and black, the exclusive Chili Red paint finish can also be specified as an option for the contrast-colour roof and exterior mirror caps. And customers can also lend an extra edge to the typical John Cooper Works sports car feeling inside the car with bespoke accents such as Chili Red interior trim strips.

The engine: dynamism in spades, fuel consumption in sips thanks to racing expertise and MINIMALISM technology.
The MINI John Cooper Works Paceman draws its power from a 1,598 cc four-cylinder engine. The latest generation of the John Cooper Works turbocharged unit blends motor sport-inspired technical details with cutting-edge innovations developed by the BMW Group’s powertrain experts. Highlights include reinforced pistons, low-weight crankshafts, an aluminium cylinder block and bearing mounts, and further optimisation of the cooling system, air supply and exhaust gas discharge system. Plus, the turbocharger is twinned with a generously sized intercooler. The twin-scroll turbocharger joins forces with petrol direct injection and variable valve control based on the BMW Group’s VALVETRONIC technology, which optimises both the engine’s efficiency and its responsiveness.

The MINI John Cooper Works Paceman’s powerplant develops its maximum output of 160 kW/218 hp at 6,000 rpm. Peak torque of 280 Newton metres (207 lb-ft) is on tap between 1,900 and 5,000 rpm, and can be increased to 300 Newton metres (221 lb-ft) for short periods between 2,100 and 4,500 rpm using the overboost function. This opens the door to gratifyingly vivacious acceleration to which the standard-fitted sports exhaust system provides a suitably stirring soundtrack.

ALL4 all-wheel drive as standard, six-speed automatic gearbox optional.
The MINI John Cooper Works Paceman channels the extraordinary power produced by its front-mounted transverse engine through all four wheels as standard. The ALL4 all-wheel-drive system developed for MINI uses an electromagnetic centre differential to distribute drive seamlessly between the front and rear axles. This means power is always sent to the wheels where it can be translated most effectively into forward propulsion. In normal driving situations ALL4 diverts a maximum 50 per cent of the engine’s power to the rear wheels, rising to as much as 100 per cent in extreme conditions. This provides a traction-led expression of the handling talents for which MINI is famed – whatever the weather and road conditions. The control electronics of the MINI ALL4 system are integrated directly into the DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) management unit, which gives ALL4 extremely short response times and allows it to carry out proactive adjustments in the distribution of drive. The system uses the data collected by DSC to tweak the power split pre-emptively and to impressive effect through dynamically taken corners, for example. And that means the driver enjoys outstanding agility combined with surefooted driving characteristics in customary MINI style.

The MINI John Cooper Works Paceman can be ordered as an option with a six-speed automatic gearbox as an alternative to the standard-fitted six-speed manual. Both the transmissions and the manual’s clutch have been adapted to handle the engine’s impressive power and play their part in ensuring outstanding performance coupled with further improvements in efficiency. The automatic’s Steptronic function, meanwhile, gives the driver the option of changing gear manually using the selector lever on the centre console or the shift paddles on the steering wheel.

The choice of gearbox has no effect on the sprinting power of the MINI John Cooper Works Paceman. The new car dashes from rest to 100 km/h (62 mph) in a trifling 6.9 seconds, regardless of whether the engine is sending its power through the manual or automatic conduit. Top speed stands at 226 (140 mph) for the manual version or 224 km/h (139 mph) for the automatic. The MINI John Cooper Works Paceman marries this impressive performance with eye-catching economy. The engine’s inherent efficiency and extensive MINIMALISM technology – such as Brake Energy Regeneration, the Gear Shift Indicator and the Auto Start/Stop function (on manual cars) – are the trump cards here. Average fuel consumption in the EU test cycle is 7.4 litres (automatic: 7.9 litres) per 100 kilometres / 38.2 (35.8) mpg imp, and CO2 emissions come in at 172 (184) grams per kilometre.

Developed to deliver visceral racing thrills: chassis, aerodynamics, design and interior tuned to John Cooper Works specification.
Another key player in giving the MINI John Cooper Works Paceman its sky-high levels of driving fun is chassis technology optimised specially for the new model; a MacPherson spring-strut front axle, central-arm rear axle, Electric Power Steering and an extremely high-performance braking system make a potent team. The standard sports suspension has a dynamically optimised spring/damper set-up and stronger anti-roll bars, and is lowered by 10 millimetres. The standard DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) system also comprises DTC (Dynamic Traction Control) mode.

And the likewise standard Sport Button on the centre console allows the driver to tweak the engine’s responses and soundtrack, as well as the power assistance provided by the steering. If the automatic gearbox is specified, pressing the Sport Button also quickens up shift times. 18-inch light-alloy wheels in Twin Spoke Black Burnished design with polished spoke fronts and black rim wells are standard on the MINI John Cooper Works Paceman. Among the items on the options list are exclusive 19-inch light-alloy wheels in Cross-Spoke Crusher design.

The extrovert design of the MINI John Cooper Works Paceman gives the first Sports Activity Coupé in the compact segment a dynamic presence, brimming with forward-surging intent and agility – before it even turns a wheel. The powerfully formed front end, elegantly sporty, stretched lines of the flanks, coupé-style roof swooping downwards towards the rear, and broad rear end of the three-door car all ooze sporting allure. And the aerodynamic kit fitted as standard on the MINI John Cooper Works Paceman shines extra light on this performance-maxing character. The particularly muscular form of the front and rear aprons and bespoke side skirts ensure the airflow around the car is even more efficient. John Cooper Works logos on the radiator grille, tailgate and door sill strips as well as next to the side indicators provide additional confirmation of the car’s identity. Customers can choose from nine exterior paint finishes, including the Chili Red shade reserved for the John Cooper Works model. Chili Red is also available exclusively for the MINI John Cooper Works Paceman’s contrast-colour roof, exterior mirror caps and Sport Stripes.

Inside the car, the distinctive interior design combines with the customary sports car ambience of John Cooper Works models to particularly alluring effect. The rear compartment of the MINI John Cooper Works Paceman features a pair of individual seats in which the rear passengers can enjoy that unmistakable racing feeling in lounge-style surroundings. A sports steering wheel with red contrast stitching and John Cooper Works logo, dark-coloured dials for the 260 km/h (160 mph) speedometer and rev counter, anthracite-coloured roof liner, gearshift lever with red shift pattern lettering, red contrast stitching for the gearshift lever gaiter and floor mats with red stitching are all part of the standard equipment count for the new extreme sports model, as are cloth sports seats in Diagonal Track John Cooper Works Carbon Black trim with red contrast stitching. Lounge Leather sports seats in Carbon Black Championship Red are available as an option. Standard Piano Black interior trim strips add the finishing touches to the racing-inspired aura inside the MINI John Cooper Works Paceman. Exclusive Chili Red trim – consisting of red elements for the cockpit and doors and a red stripe for the black trim strips on the centre console – can be ordered as an option.

Download the photos and press release Extreme sports performance, inimitable style: The MINI John Cooper Works Paceman.


MINI releases online John Cooper Works press book

MINI John Cooper Works press book
MINI has released an online press book called MINI John Cooper Works which covers all current aspects of the performance sub-brand.  The electronic press book is available in English and German and contains about 100 pages of text, tables, and photographs.  It covers all MINI JCW models including the forthcoming 2013 MINI JCW GP and MINI JCW Countryman. The content is divided into six main sections:

  • Introduction
  • History
  • Models
  • Tuning
  • Motorsport
  • Specifications
You can also download the MINI John Cooper Works press book in English (PDF 115 MB) and German (PDF 169 MB).

MINI wins class at the 24 Hours Barcelona

Besaplast MINI No. 42 at the 24 Hours Barcelona

The Besaplast Racing Team of Franjo Kovac, Fredrik Lestrup, Thomas Tekaat, and Ralf Eisenreich have won the A2 class at the 24 Hours Barcelona today.  Their No. 42 MINI Challenge-based car had a very strong showing, winning by 13 laps over the second place car.  The MINI was a remarkable seventh place overall.

Here are the results for all of the MINI entries:

Place No. Team Drivers Car Laps
1 42 Besaplast Racing Team Franjo Kovac
Fredrik Lestrup
Thomas Tekaat
Ralf Eisenreich
MINI John Cooper Works Challenge 595
5 46 Schirra-Motoring Friedrich von Bohlen
Harald Grohs
Markus Oestreich
MINI John Cooper Works 570
7 45 Team Partl Motorsport 2 Christian Bock
Felix Partl
Rainer Partl
MINI John Cooper Works 564
13 43 [s.i.g.] motorsport 1 Michal Viteck
Michal Kramer
Thomas Miniberger
Jan Cervenka
MINI John Cooper Works Endurance Coupé 484
DNF 44 [s.i.g.] motorsport 2 Daniel Skalicky
Premyslav Bartos
Ivo Ragan
Thomas Kwolek
MINI John Cooper Works Endurance Coupé 398

See the final results (PDF) and the  final results by class (PDF).


MINI John Cooper Works Countryman Press Kit

2013 MINI John Cooper Works Countryman

BMW Group PressClub Global released the Press Kit for the MINI John Cooper Works Countryman.

The MINI family is constantly expanding, and new additions have also been made to the range of John Cooper Works models. For the first time, race-bred thrills can be experienced in combination with the transfer of power through all four wheels. The MINI John Cooper Works Countryman, fitted with the most powerful engine in the MINI model range and equipped as standard with the ALL4 all-wheel-drive system, assures the driver of extreme driving fun on any terrain. Powertrain and chassis technology underpinned by extensive motor sport expertise teams up with the vehicle concept of the first MINI with four doors, a large tailgate and up to five seats to introduce the famed handling characteristics and looks of John Cooper Works models to additional target groups in another new segment.

The MINI Countryman has displayed its sporting potential in a string of impressive performances in the World Rally Championship (WRC) – proof, were it needed, that the brand’s first five-seater shares the racing genes which define the character of every MINI. Now John Cooper Works has polished these inherent talents to dazzling effect in a production model.

Unique combination: variable-usage interior, impressive output, poise and assurance in an extremely wide range of road conditions.

Within its class, the MINI John Cooper Works Countryman brings an unrivalled combination of race-focused powertrain technology, all-wheel drive, premium profile and versatile interior to the table. And its inimitable style also comes to the fore through various design features and an exclusive selection of paint finishes, light-alloy wheels and interior materials. The standard equipment of the sixth model in the John Cooper Works line-up includes an aerodynamic kit which lends extra muscle to the front and rear apron, as well as bespoke side skirts, 18-inch light-alloy wheels and the sports car cockpit ambience which has become a speciality of John Cooper Works models.

The MINI John Cooper Works Countryman captures the imagination by imbuing the traditional MINI go-kart handling characteristics with an even sharper edge. The fast and precise responses of the all-wheel-drive system allow it to demonstrate impressive poise and assurance in challenging road and weather conditions and off the beaten track. The 4,133-millimetre-long, 1,789-millimetre-wide and 1,549-millimetre-tall MINI John Cooper Works Countryman is equally adept when it comes to crossing the boundaries of urban mobility, and its generous levels of space and seating comfort encourage the driver and passengers to admire the qualities of this versatile performance athlete over longer journeys as well.

Four or five seats, up to 1,170 litres of luggage space.

With short overhangs, a high waistline and a powerful over-the-wheel stance, the MINI John Cooper Works Countryman draws its design inspiration from the time-honoured MINI template. The family ties are also emphasised by styling cues such as the characteristic contours of the radiator grille, large headlights set into the bonnet, voluminous wheel arches and vertical rear light clusters. Features particular to this model include the John Cooper Works badges on the radiator grille and tailgate, and red-backed, anthracite-coloured side indicator surrounds on the diagonal link between the A-pillars and the front wheel arches. Customers can choose from a selection of seven exterior paint shades. The contrast paint finish for the roof and exterior mirror can be ordered in the red shade exclusive to John Cooper Works models, as well as white and black. Sport Stripes in the same colours are available as an option.

The rear of the MINI John Cooper Works Countryman can be specified with either a seat bench for three passengers or – as a no-cost option – two individual seats. The rear seats can slide fore and aft in a 60 : 40 split (if the three-seat bench is specified) or individually, and their backrests can be adjusted for tilt and folded down individually or in a 40 : 20 : 40 split (three-seat bench) to increase boot capacity from 350 to as much as 1,170 litres.
The Centre Rail storage and attachment system is also part of standard specification.

The MINI John Cooper Works Countryman will be built at the
BMW Group’s partner firm Magna Steyr Fahrzeugtechnik in Graz, Austria. Production will take place alongside the other variants of the MINI Countryman on a separate assembly line set up and operated according to the exacting standards of the BMW Group. As with all the brand’s models, the
high-performance powerplant for this sharpest of all MINI Countryman models will be sourced from the Hams Hall engine plant, one corner of the MINI Production Triangle in England.

Download the MINI John Cooper Works Countryman Press Kit (PDF).


five MINIs enter the 24 Hours Barcelona

Schirra Motoring MINI John Cooper Works

From MINI Motorsport:

MINI is represented by a strong contingent of five cars at this year’s 24-hour race in Barcelona. Great things are expected of all four teams on the endurance circuit.

Class victory, class victory, class victory: all four MINI teams lining up at this year’s endurance event – a total of five cars – have made it their mission to send the fastest car in their category into action at the 24-hour race in Barcelona from 7th to 9th September. They face tough opposition in the Catalonian capital, with 18 driving crews starting out in the A2 class at the demanding “Circuit de Catalunya”, which for many years has regularly hosted Formula One races. The five MINI crews will have to show real stamina. They cannot afford to let the many Renault Clios in their class out of their sights, particularly as they are equipped with sequential gearboxes to make their drivers’ lives easier.

The race begins at noon local time on Saturday, 9/8.

42 Besaplast Racing Team Franjo Kovac
Fredrik Lestrup
Thomas Tekaat
Ralf Eisenreich
MINI John Cooper Works Challenge
43 [s.i.g.] motorsport 1 Michal Viteck
Michal Kramer
Thomas Miniberger
Jan Cervenka
MINI John Cooper Works Endurance Coupé
44 [s.i.g.] motorsport 2 Daniel Skalicky
Premyslav Bartos
Ivo Ragan
Thomas Kwolek
MINI John Cooper Works Endurance Coupé
45 Team Partl Motorsport 2 Christian Bock
Felix Partl
Rainer Partl
MINI John Cooper Works
46 Schirra-Motoring Friedrich von Bohlen
Harald Grohs
Markus Oestreich
MINI John Cooper Works

Read the article 5 MINIs? That’s right, 5 MINIs and follow the race on the 24 Hours Barcelona website.


MINI JCW Countryman sneak peek on MINIUSA.com

MINI JCW Countryman on MINIUSA.com

Although you can’t configure one yet, MINIUSA.com has a sneak peek of the forthcoming MINI John Cooper Works Countryman.  See a few images and sign up for the MINI JCW Countryman email list if you’re interested in this latest member of the the MINI and John Cooper Works family.

MINIUSA.com’s future concepts page also has the MINI JCW GP, MINI Clubvan, and MINI Paceman.

Visit MINIUSA.com.

MINIUSA.com Concepts