Prodrive gives MINI power boost

Michal Kosciuszko will get the benefit of an improved MINI John Coopers Works engine in Portugal

Prodrive has introduced a 'significant' performance upgrade to the MINI John Cooper Works engine, it has been announced.

The improvements bringing an additional 8 bhp and a similar increase in torque for the 33mm restricted World Rally Car specification unit and 5 bhp for the 30mm restricted S2000.

“Working within the engine's existing homologation, the performance has been improved by increasing the compression ratio and optimising the cam timing and knock control,” Prodrive explained.

Prodrive's race engine team has been working on this development since the beginning of the year.

“We have taken advantage of the latitude within the engine's current homologation to make some significant improvements," added Jason Hill, chief engineer, race engines. "While the peak power and torque figures speak for themselves, the area under the power curve is much greater, and this is the most important change as it makes the engine far more responsive and flexible, something drivers will immediately notice."

The engine will be first used in competition by Michal Kosciuszko in his Lotos Team MINI WRC at Rally Portugal next week and is also available as an upgrade to all existing MINI WRC and S2000 competitors with the latest specification of car.

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Prodrive WRC Team driver Dani Sordo testing his MINI John Cooper Works WRC car ahead of Rallye Deutschland [Pic credit: Prodrive]
The upgraded MINI John Cooper Works WRC [Pic credit: Prodrive]
Prodrive WRC Team/Mini Service
Michal Kosciuszko (PL) Maciek Szczepaniak (PL), Mini John Cooper Works WRC

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April 06, 2013 10:04 AM

You would think that with VW joining the WRC and Hyundai and Toyota heading back to the Sport Ford and Mini would step up to the plate and prepare for a straight 6 way Manufacturer Fight, something we havnt seen for a very Long time I realise Money is tight but Malcolm has found a way to continue without Fords pockets so it wouldnt cost Ford massive Bucks to Return in an official capacity and im sure if BMW flashed a couple of Million at Prodrive they too would have an official Team again, albiet the best drivers are now contracted Hyundai and Toyota are obviously not fazed by the lack of Top drivers available to drive their cars so Mini, Toyota and Hyundai would all be in the same predicament. I cant understand why Mini dont commit, Prodrive are obviously determined to make the Mini a winner on Jobseekers allowance, so with some serious dosh they could be up there

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