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미니 쿠페 레이싱카가 등장했다. 독일 뉘르부르크링 24시간 레이스에 도전하기 위해 개발된 존 쿠퍼 웍스 쿠페 인듀어런스(John Cooper Works Coupe Endurance racer)는 쿠페 JCW를 기반으로 출력을 높이고 무게를 줄인 하드코어 버전이다.

해치백에 비해 더 눕힌 윈드실드는 JCW의 에어로다이내믹 패키지를 만나 서킷의 긴 고속구간에 최적화된 공력성능을 발휘한다. 앞범퍼의 립스포일러와 리어 디퓨저, 액티브 윙을 대신한 GT 타입의 커다란 리어 스포일러로 강력한 다운포스를 만든다. 롤케이지와 6점식 벨트, F1 스타일의 한스(Hans) 시스템, 풀 버킷 시트 등을 기본으로 갖추면서 편의장비와 내장재를 생략해 무게를 줄였다. 대신 ABS와 DSC 등 능동적 안전장비를 레이스 전용으로 다시 세팅했다.

화려한 컬러로 포인트를 준 보닛 아래에는 최고출력 250마력을 내는 1.6L 직렬 4기통 트윈 스크롤 터보 엔진이 자리한다. 오버 부스트 시에는 최대토크가 330Nm에 달해 배기량을 잊게 만들 정도로 강력한 동력성능을 자랑하며 최고시속 240km/h를 낸다. 파워풀한 엔진에 맞춰 가변식 댐퍼를 비롯해 서스펜션 전체를 다시 조율했고 브레이크 시스템을 보강했다.

Born for the "Green Hell" adventure: The MINI John Cooper Works Coupé Endurance. Racing car celebrates world premiere in 24-hour race at the Nürburgring-Nordschleife.

  • 23.06.2011

Munich. Motor sport is in the MINI genes. And now the carmaker is set to add a new chapter to its racing heritage with the arrival of the MINI John Cooper Works Coupé Endurance. The newly developed racer will line up at this year’s 24-hour race at the Nürburgring-Nordschleife circuit, previewing the series-production version of the car due to be unveiled to the public in autumn 2011.

With the participation of the MINI John Cooper Works Coupé Endurance, the Nürburgring 24-hour race will be staging an automotive world premiere for the first time in its history. At the same time, the extreme demands of the classic endurance event ensure the new MINI model will be given a baptism of fire.

MINI’s declared aim in entering the Nürburgring 24-hour race is to experience the adventure of the “Green Hell”, as the Nürburgring-Nordschleife is affectionately known. And the brand has called, among other things, on the experience gained over many years of MINI Challenge sprint racing in the development of its new racing car for this unique event.

A pure-bred racing set-up will equip the MINI John Cooper Works Coupé Endurance for a full day lapping the combined Nordschleife/Grand Prix circuit at race speed. Providing the power is a specially-tuned version of the series-produced MINI John Cooper Works engine. The 1.6-litre four-cylinder unit – which boasts a twin-scroll turbocharger and petrol direct injection – delivers 250 hp, and the Overboost function pushes peak torque up to 330 Newton metres. Top speed is in excess of 240 km/h.

The MINI John Cooper Works Coupé Endurance sees the brand’s customary go-kart feeling taken to a whole new level. The stiff race suspension ensures impressive roadholding and gives the driver constant, direct feedback from the road surface. Adjustable shock absorber units allow the suspension set-up to be adapted to fluctuating track conditions, a feature that will come in particularly handy at the Nordschleife.

The more steeply raked windscreen of the car’s flat coupé silhouette sets it apart clearly from the Hatch and helps to minimise aerodynamic drag, which the drivers will acknowledge with a smile on the circuit’s long straights.
The John Cooper Works Aerodynamics Package further enhances the Coupé’s already supreme handling; the front spoiler, rear diffuser and adjustable rear wing generate downforce, optimising the balance between the front and rear axle.

The MINI John Cooper Works Coupé Endurance achieves an exceptionally high level of safety thanks to features including a roll cage welded to the body and a sports bucket seat with six-point safety belt and Formula One-style HANS (Head And Neck Support) system. When it comes to active safety, the car adopts the proven braking system with Race ABS from MINI Challenge
racing and adds a specially tuned DSC dynamic control system, likewise optimised for the race track. Plus, in the interests of safety – and rapid pit stops – the MINI John Cooper Works Coupé Endurance is kitted out with an integrated pneumatic jack.

 

Technical data.

 

 

MINI John Cooper Works Coupé Endurance

Engine

Tuned version of series-produced MINI John Cooper Works engine with adapted engine management. Four-cylinder in-line engine (front/transverse-mounted) with twin-scroll turbocharger and petrol direct injection. Racing exhaust system

Displacement

1,598 cc

Output

Approx. 184 kW / approx. 250 hp

Max. torque

Approx. 330 Nm (incl. Overboost)

Top speed

> 240 km/h

Power transfer

Front-wheel drive, sequential six-speed gearbox with electronic differential lock

Suspension            

Independent race suspension (KW Suspension) with adjustable compression and rebound, adjustable front strut brace

Tyres

Racing tyres (Dunlop) / slicks: 215/45 R17, wets: 205/620 R17, 17-inch racing rims (Borbet)

Body

John Cooper Works Aerodynamics Package, adjustable rear wing, rear diffuser acc. to regulations, pneumatic jack

Safety

MINI Challenge braking system with Race ABS, race-tuned DSC, welded-in roll cage, six-point safety belt, racing seat (Recaro) with HANS system, main switch concept with electronically controlled fire extinguishing equipment

Interior

Racing steering wheel (Sparco), Drive Data Display with shift display

Weight

965 kg

Wheelbase

2,467 mm

Tank capacity

100 litres

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