LA 2011: And Now MINI Joins the B-Spec Race

The MINI B-Spec racer has just made its debut at the 2011 LA Auto Show.

The B-Racing spec category is gaining in popularity in the U.S. motorsport scene, as MINI is introducing the Cooper Hardtop in B-Spec version. The car will be on display at the LA Auto Show this weekend. The Mini Cooper Hardtop is equipped with a 1.6L engine which produces 121hp and 114lb-ft of torque. It will be prepared by MINI of Charleston, a Hendrick Automotive Group company.

In B-Racing spec only safety changes and light improvements are allowed, so the car will get a safety cage as well as improved shock absorbers. The brake system will remain as the standard one, though for the sake of safety Carbotech Brake Pads and Way Motorworks Stainless Steel Braided hoses will replace the standard components. "MINI entering B-Spec racing is full of benefits," said Vinnie Kung, MINI USA Product Manager. "Drivers can enter the racing arena for a fairly low investment in a car developed from the ground up with performance and handling at its core."

Among the cars that will take part in the series next year are Honda Fit, Mazda 2, Toyota Yaris, Kia Rio and Fiat 500.

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