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New MINI S2000 in Corsica

The new S2000 version of MINI's rally machine will make its competitive debut on next weekend's Tour de Corse.
Dani Sordo will drive the upgraded MINI John Cooper Works Super 2000 at Rally Corsica next week, it has been revealed.

Prodrive has applied enhancements introduced on the marque's World Rally Car during Rally Portugal to the S2000 car, and all modifications are identical except for the revised front bumper and large rear wing, which are not applicable under S2000 regulations.

The upgrades include the new induction system and electric water pump on the 1.6-litre turbo-charged engine. For Intercontinental Rally Championship regulations, the engine has been remapped to run with a 30mm restrictor, and dyno tests have shown the engine revisions give approximately a 10bhp improvement in peak power.

Sordo's car was shaken down this week by Prodrive technical director, David Lapworth, who was driving the car for the first time.

“The car is even better than I could have hoped, indeed the changes almost seem to have an even greater impact on this car than the WRC,” Lapworth commented, “While the 30mm air restrictor does mean the MINI's peak power will be down on that of the unrestricted normally aspirated two-litre cars Dani will be up against in Corsica, with the turbo, the car is far more driveable and the power is available across a much broader rev band.”

MINI WRC regular Sordo, who starred as a stand-in with the Ford team in Argentina last weekend, has been entered in a DrivePro-owned MINI run by SMG Motorsport with engineering support from Prodrive.



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