Mini squad Excelr8 adds Creventic endurance programme to stable
Mini Challenge squad Excelr8 will expand into the Creventic 24 Hour Series next season with a bespoke endurance John Cooper Works machine.
The new car is built on the standard F56 JCW Challenge car, but with heavy modification to adapt the car to long distance racing. It features the same turbocharged two-litre BMW engine as the Challenge cars, but has been boosted from 255bhp to 345bhp with forged internals, a gas flowed head, Garret turbo and custom manifold.
The car will go through an intensive testing programme over the winter ahead of a full campaign in the pan-european Creventic class next year.
Excelr8’s Oliver Shepherd is behind the project and formerly was part of the Creventic paddock with the Marc Cars team.
Shepherd said: “We wanted to make the most extreme version of the JCW, and where better to prove it than endurance racing?”
“When building the car we had to think about where the ultimate performance was and then dial it back to ensure it lasted. The engine is capable of 390bhp, but we’re running lower for longevity as endurance racing is half about speed and half about reliability.
“The Creventic series is fantastic, and it’s a great platform to show what the current Mini is capable of and what Excelr8 can produce.”
The Challenge car will race in Creventic 24 Hours series