British drivers will be getting proud of their Mini brand even though now it’s technically a German company – but these special edition models do tend to blur your memory.
So, the brand has decided to offer just 100 units of the new Mini John Cooper Works Challenge version to passionate British drivers, and the model is – as per its name – inspired by the newest and greatest Mini Challenge racing car. The small hot hatch will make its official public debut during the heated days of the Goodwood Festival of Speed taking place later this month. Naturally, since we’re dealing with a street-legal version, the Challenge limited edition is a tweaked out JCW model. It comes with the same powertrain – the turbocharged 2.0-litre engine with 228bhp and 236 lb ft of torque, which is good for a quick sprint to 62 mph in just 6.3 seconds.
The 100-unit limited edition for the UK comes with a set of larger front air intakes, modified wheel arch extensions and a rear spoiler. These can also be fitted to the regular JCW model because they belong to the JCW Pro Accessories pack, an option for the stock versions. But the engineers also reworked the chassis, tire and brake combo, using the suppliers that build components for the Challenge track car. UK suspension firm Nitro came up with the coilover spring and damper set, with the car getting both road and track recommended settings. Mintex brake pads and a Quaife automatic torque limited-slip differential are also on the menu. And so are new 17 inch black alloy wheels, able to reduce unsprung mass by up to 2.5kg per corner. Pricing starts at £32,000, which is a cool £8950 above the regular UK-sold JCW, and the detailing also includes a White Silver paint, a graphics package and a black roof. The cabin gets adorned with Carbon Black cloth seats and a build number on the passenger side of the dashboard.