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'The fastest MINI Race Car' on the Nürburgring Nordschleife [video]

Lapped the 'Ring in 8 minutes and 58 seconds

Sport Auto's test drive editor Christian Gebhardt recently got a chance to test drive Schirra's high-performance MINI Cooper on the Nürburgring Nordschleife.

Specially designed for endurance racing, the car features an aerodynamic body kit with a new front bumper, extended wheel arches and a prominent rear wing. The Cooper also has a track-oriented suspension, high-performance brakes and Michelin racing slicks.

Power is provided by a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that has been equipped with new pistons and high-performance camshafts. Thanks to these tweaks, the mill produces 300 HP (221 kW) and 410 Nm (302 lb-ft) of torque. It is connected to a six-speed sequential transmission which enables the 989 kg (2180 lb) hatchback to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 4.7 seconds, 0-200 km/h in 15.8 seconds and onto a top speed of 258 km/h (160 mph).

Source: Sport Auto

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foerstie
The time of the race mini only on the Nordschleife is around 7.32. It is much faster than a stock mini. The time for the combination Nordschleife and GP Circuit is 8.58. For a front wheel drive car very fast! Look at the video again. The mini is faster than a Porsche Cup Car!
Dec 5, 2012 3:45 am
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MichaChmielowiec
stock mini cooper s laps nurburgring in 8:52... (via wiki)
Dec 5, 2012 2:47 am
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foerstie
The time of the race mini only on the Nordschleife is around 7.32. It is much faster than a sock mini. The time for the combination Nordschleife and GP Circuit is 8.58. For a front wheel drive car very fast! Look at the video again. The mini is faster than a Porsche Cup Car!
Dec 5, 2012 3:44 am
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Homerlovesbeer
I will quote the article..... "Lapped the 'Ring in 8 minutes and 58 seconds" which is why I am questioning the time. I did watch the video and I saw the mini pass plenty of Clio's, 1 Porsche but then I did see another Porsche overtake the Mini and pull away considerably.
Dec 5, 2012 6:03 am
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justbored
It was timed with slicks. If it does 7:32 with those, it will most likely be around 7:50-8:05 with street legal tires. And that's a time you would at least expect from a race-spec car with those numbers.
Dec 21, 2012 7:41 am
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foerstie
The 8.58 is pretty fast. If you look at the video they did not only drive the Nordschleife, they did a combination of Nordschleife and the GP Circuit as well
Dec 5, 2012 2:13 am
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Homerlovesbeer
Are we sure about the time? 8:58 is pretty bad considering the power its got and that it's a race car. A stock Renault Megane RS265 does the ring in 8:08
Dec 5, 2012 1:51 am
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