Mini’s out to send a serious message with its sporty new two-seat coupe. And what better way to prove it has the stuff than to race it around one of the world’s toughest tracks for 24 hours straight? That’s right, the car that just debuted officially a few days ago has been race-prepped and will run in the annual 24-hour endurance race at the NÃ¼rburgring this weekend. Since the Mini Coupe hasn’t been seen in public yet, Mini’s calling the race the car’s “world premiere”, something they claim the ‘Ring has never been home to–unless of course you count all the spy photos that have been taken out there.
The Mini John Cooper Works Coupe Endurance, as it’s officially known, uses a tweaked version of the standard JCW, managing to coax 250 horsepower out of just 1.6 liters. Like road models, it also has an overboost feature, capable of temporary bursts of 244 lb-ft of torque. Top speed is around 150 mph, and it may just see it during the race. All the other race adjustments are present as well, like a stiffer suspension, added safety features, and a stripped interior that looks pretty cool with the typical Mini center stack set in carbon fiber. Plus, that bubble roof should really help head clearance for the drivers’ helmets.