A set of Nitron coilovers and dampers “based on” the NTR R1 system they supply to race teams allow manual adjustment to bump, rebound, and ride height. Adjustable camber plates will allow for up to a reported -2 degrees of camber, most likely and unfortunately limited by the overall design of the stock suspension components. These adjustments provide a range of play for owners to experiment with, but we suspect many won’t know how those changes actually improve performance. Therefore they won’t be changed much, or often.
What might be the biggest modification to the base JCW, the Challenge will include a Quaife limited slip differential. Essentially a bolt in upgrade, the LSD is designed to transfer power from a wheel with less traction to prevent increased performance loss where there is less traction.
Wheels and tires
Of course the first place to cut traction loss is at the tires. The MINI JCW Challenge will be supplied from the factory with a set of Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires mounted to 17″ Team Dynamics Pro Race 1.2 rims. Saving about 5.5 lbs of weight in each corner.
With all that added suspension, better brakes are a must. Instead, the Challenge will come with the standard JCW configuration of four pot Brembo designed calipers. Added, are Mintex pads which should increase stopping performance, but for the true track warrior, they won’t hold up much meaning when they are replacing pads on a regular schedule.
The Challenge will come equipped with a hand full of optional JCW accessories. The full complement of front and rear aero kit, paired up with carbon fiber mirror covers and hood scoop will make this a performance machine (read with lots of sarcasm). The Challenge will come fitted with the wireless controlled JCW exhaust kit, enabling owners to have a more throaty, more free flowing exhaust at the push of a button.
If you’re interested in purchasing one, and you’re from the UK, you should run to your dealer now to order before they get scooped up.
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