Joining the fray at the 24-hour race at the Nurburgring-Nordschleife this weekend will be a new offering from MINI – the John Cooper Works Coupé Endurance is set to make its world debut at the race.

The car is powered by a specially-tuned version of the series-production MINI JCW engine – the 1.6 litre direct injection, twin-scroll turbocharged mill, mated to a six-speed sequential gearbox with electronic differential lock, offers 250 hp and 330 Nm with overboost, with a top speed in excess of 240 kph.

The John Cooper Works Coupé Endurance will be equipped with an independent race suspension from KW Suspension, with adjustable compression and rebound and an adjustable front strut brace. Also featured is a JCW Aerodynamics Package, consisting of a front spoiler, rear diffuser and adjustable rear wing to generate downforce.

The 965 kg race car will wear 17-inch racing wheels from Borbet and 215/45 R17 slicks (or alternatively, 205/620 R17 wets) from Dunlop.

Other elements include a roll cage welded to the body and a sports bucket seat with a six-point safety harness, Recaro seat and a F1-style HANS (Head And Neck Support) system. There’s also a MINI Challenge braking system with Race ABS and a specially tuned DSC dynamic control system, likewise optimised for the race track.

Additionally, in the interests of safety – and rapid pit stops – the JCW Coupé Endurance is kitted out with an integrated pneumatic jack.

Gallery after the jump.

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