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A Mini Cooper S built specifically for track use and ready to race. Key characteristics of the new car include a higher top speed, increased torque, faster acceleration and optimised traction. Power enhancements are at the core of the striking Challenge car's modifications. As well as a re-developed twin-scroll turbocharger, the standard Mini Cooper S engine receives modified pistons, air filter, air intake passage, catalytic converter, exhaust components, electronic sensors and engine management system.
Numerous chassis and suspension tweaks add to what is a finely-tuned racing package. The new suspension system features adjustable damper units from KW Automotive, designed specifically for motorsport. A six-speed manual gearbox transmits power to 17'' front wheels made by Borbet and shod with exclusive new racing tyres manufactured by Dunlop.
Body revisions based on the John Cooper Works Aerodynamic Kit, currently available from all MINI dealers, are key features of the Challenge car's set-up. To generate increased downforce at higher speeds, Challenge car owners can expect a new adjustable rear spoiler, rear diffuser and performance front spoiler. The new braking system performs exceptionally. Large four-piston calipers mean the car can go from 62 - 0mph in just 3.1 seconds. A race-specific ABS configuration and an air-pressure elevating system complete the product modifications, which together equate to a vehicle 30kg lighter than the previous Challenge car.
Source: Mini Press Release