Mini squad Ex­celr8 adds Creven­tic en­durance pro­gramme to sta­ble

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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

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