In a somewhat vague article on MINI Motorsports, MINI announced a new racing series in Italy called MINI RUSHOUR.  Rather than use MINI JCW CHALLENGE vehicles, the MINI RUSHOUR will use a modified MINI Cooper S.

Here are the ingredients: the MINI Cooper S, the famous go-kart feeling, performance and a specially developed racing kit plus low costs to make the races more accessible than ever. The riders will compete in two races on MINI darting for 60 minutes of pure competition.

This means that MINI United 2012 will include a race, as MINI RUSHOUR begins its six-race season at Circuit Paul Ricard during the festival.

2012 MINI RUSHOUR Schedule

Date Racetrack Location
May 13 Circuit Paul Ricard Castellet, France (MINI United)
June 10 Autodromo del Mugello Mugello, Italy
July 8 Misano World Circuit Misano, Italy
July 22 Autodromo dell’Umbria – Magione Magione (Perugia), Italy
September 2 Autodromo di Imola Imola, Italy
September 16 Autodromo di Vallelunga Rome, Italy