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MINI John Cooper Works S2000 WRC

 MINI John Cooper Works S2000 WRC has been presented by MINI at this year Geneva Motor Show. However, it’s the first time for people to get a first taste of the new John Cooper Works S2000 World Rally Championship car by MINI in Geneva.

Mini JCW WRC will have more efficient front aerodynamics, and equipped with a larger rear wing, and also ultra-lightweight plastic side windows. On the front axle, the Mini JCW WRC will come with water-cooled brakes.

MINI John Cooper Works S2000 which displayed in Geneva will be entered by private teams at the end of March in Rally Portugal. John Cooper Works S2000 is a forerunner to the MINI John Cooper Works WRC, which will get its rally debut at the Rally Italy from 5 ??? 8 May 2011 and will be driven by Dani Sordo (ES) and Kris Meeke (GB).

Press Release

On Tuesday, the 81st International Geneva Motor Show (CH) provided the stage for MINI to unveil the MINI John Cooper Works S2000 ??? the latest milestone on the road to the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC). This is the forerunner to the MINI John Cooper Works WRC, which the MINI WRC Team will entrust to drivers Dani Sordo (ES) and Kris Meeke (GB) for its debut in the premier category of rallying in Rally Italy from 5 ??? 8 May 2011. Further entries are planned in the WRC events in Finland, Germany, France, Spain and Great Britain. Private teams will line up with the Super2000 version of the car at the end of March in Rally Portugal.

???We are delighted to present the MINI John Cooper Works S2000 here in Geneva,?? said Dr Wolfgang Armbrecht, Senior Vice President Brand Management MINI. ???MINI has joined forces with a highly experienced partner in Prodrive, and our colleagues in England continue to oversee the development of the MINI John Cooper Works WRC. When you add the turbocharged MINI engine and the BMW Group???s expertise in the world of motor sport to the mix, you can see we have an exceptional blend of attributes which will take us quickly to the next stage. The car???s technical make-up and driving characteristics make it the perfect fit for rallying. Entering the WRC takes MINI back to its rally roots and brings this heritage right up to date.??

Versatility lies at the heart of the new rule-book drawn up by the sport???s world governing body, the FIA. The 2011 regulations put private teams in a position to line up with the same cars as the factory team - and thus raise excitement levels another notch. In Portugal, for example, the Brazil World Rally Team will be sending the Brazilian Daniel Oliveira into action in a MINI John Cooper Works S2000, and reigning PWRC champion Armindo Araujo (PT) will line up in a MINI for the Motorsport Italia outfit. Oliveira and Araujo will then swap over to the MINI John Cooper Works WRC for Rally Italy. Prodrive is currently working on 12 MINI rally cars for delivery to customers across Europe.

Three key areas set the WRC car apart from its Super2000 sibling. The MINI John Cooper Works WRC will gain a larger rear wing and its front end will boast greater aerodynamic efficiency. On asphalt rallies the WRC machine will be fitted with water-cooled brakes on the front axle, while the side windows of the MINI John Cooper Works WRC will be made from ultra-lightweight plastic.

The powerful heartbeat of both cars will be generated by the turbocharged 1.6-litre engine used in standard MINI production cars, but optimized by BMW Motorsport for use in numerous race series. Indeed, this engine also powers the BMW 320 TC run by privately-entered teams in the FIA World Touring Car Championship.

The diameter of the air intake restrictor is also identical, although Prodrive also offers a variant with a smaller restrictor for championships where WRC cars are not permitted. Customer teams can order both the MINI John Cooper Works WRC and the Super2000-specification car from Prodrive as part of an extensive service package.



MINI John Cooper Works S2000 WRC
MINI John Cooper Works S2000 WRC
MINI John Cooper Works S2000 WRC

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