Don’t lie. Who among us has had the thought of actually racing a MINI in a sanctioned race after a few weekends at the track? I know it’s something I’ve thought quite a bit about. The problem that I always find is actually making that happen and justifying the cost. Not any longer.
As you might already know, MINI of Charleston has built a B-Spec MINI that is legal to race in in Grand AM, World Challenge, SCCA, NASA, BMW Car Club and Canadian Touring Car. Not only have they built it, but they are selling a kit that you can buy and install to any 2007 or newer R56 MINI Cooper for about $6500 (not including tires, wheels or seats). They can’t do the installation for you, but after talking to them during MTTS 2012, the installations are pretty straightforward if you can handle a wrench or have a local shop you prefer to use.
I saw this car on the track at Autobahn Country Club. I wasn’t able to drive or ride but I did hear and see it. Not only does it look and sound like a race car, it is still street legal, which means you could drive it to the track, swap on your track wheels, tires and brakes, and spend the weekend racing.
Parts, pricing and contact details can be found in this B Spec Brochure (pdf).