Inspired by the newest Mini Challenge racing car, the Mini John Cooper Works Challenge is a tweaked version of the standard JCW to improve track performance without sacrificing everyday usability. The JCW Challenge will be sold exclusively in the UK on a limited production run of just 100 units. Each unit will be numbered with its unique colour and specification.
Unchanged from the standard JCW is the turbocharged 2.0-litre engine producing 231 hp and 320 Nm of torque. It is capable of launching from 0 to 100km/h in 6.3 seconds and tops out at 246km/h. The JCW Challenge is only available with a six-speed manual gearbox.
Attention has been focused on handling thus the changes are found in the suspension, tyres and brakes. UK-based suspension expert Nitron provides coilovers and adjustable dampers for owners to tune the car to their own tastes. The Challenge is fitted with a Quaife automatic torque biasing limited-slip differential in place of the standard car’s electronic differential.
It retains the 17-inch rim albeit half an inch wider wrapped with 215 section Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres. All this translates to a reduced unsprung mass by 2.5kg per wheel. Stopping power is provided with a pair of four-pot Brembo calipers with grooved and part-drilled 330mm front discs, which are paired with specially developed Mintex brake pads.
The JCW Pro Accessories are fitted as standard and can be distinguished by the enlarged air intake for better cooling, wheel arch extensions, and rear spoiler. The suede/cloth interior combination is finished in Carbon Black along with Piano Black trim and the dashboard on the passenger side bears the build number. Standard equipment include rear Park Distance Control, Rain Sensor with Automatic headlight activation and Adaptive LED headlights. The fixed specification JCW challenge including White Silver paint with a black roof is priced at £32,000 (RM187,000).
The Mini JCW Challenge will make its public reveal at the 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed.