MINI Challenge Race Car for Sale in the US

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For all those wondering if and when any of the MINI Challenge cars would surface state-side, the answer is a resounding yes. But even better one of those cars is now for sale on eBay. However with a buy it now price of $64,000 it’s not what we would cal racing on a budget.

+ 2008 BMW Mini Works Challenge Race Car / eBay

  • Craig

    If you paid a shop to make all the same modifications to a retail JCW I wonder how much that would cost?

  • JonPD

    I would guess that 10-20k would likely be the base for this type of a overhaul. To build the exact same car I am guessing prices would spiral out of control.

  • greg

    Hmmmm…..looks like a bargain when you consider it’s about the same price as the electric.

  • Gerry

    Too bad there isn’t anywhere to race it and be competitive.

  • http://www.lilcoopr.com lilcoopr
    Hmmmm…..looks like a bargain when you consider it’s about the same price as the electric.

    Oh man, that’s a funny way of thinking of it!!

    This car is not street-legal, though, right??

  • lavardera

    I won’t tell

  • http://www.motoringfile.com/ Gabe

    Hmmmm…..looks like a bargain when you consider it’s about the same price as the electric.

    Until you realize you can’t drive it on the street.

  • C4

    Lowering the R56’s stock ride height makes for a very substantial visual improvement, IMHO.

    I wish MINI would apply some of the Challenge race car looks to their street legal breathen.

  • r.burns
  • Brian

    Question, what part or parts of the JCW Challenge make it not street legal?
    I imagine the slicks would be a problem, but those can be swapped out. What else?

  • Dr Obnxs

    The VIN…. 😉

    Matt

  • r.burns

    The answer is on the MINI web site : only the John Cooper Works aerodynamic kit, strut brace, carbon gear knob and carbon handbrake lever

    Even the wheels are specific, the R112 are not the Challenge’s wheels

  • greg

    Do these come with shorten tail pipes? I wouldn’t want to burn myself while this sits in my garage.

  • Ted

    “racing on a budget,”

    Race cars are not cheap nor do you want it to be! This is not a car for the local auto x, it is a fully prepped race car. It is unfortunate that the only time you are glad you paid so much for a good car is when you walk awaybfrom the crash.

  • grmpydude

    Good one Greg… 😉

  • RocketMini

    I rather buy this classic! – Classic Mini on Ebay

  • RocketMini

    I do wish however, Mini would sale the spoiler…

  • http://peterbraunblog.wordpress.com pbraun

    Even better would be a MINI Challenge USA Series of races in support of ALMS, Indy cars, or some other hot professional series.

    That would make it real and give a possibility of actually racing it in competition, other than NASA or other track day events.

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  • veggivet

    Something tells me this car will not sell on eBay.

  • Bill

    It appears the car was sold for $60k to the team that races Mini’s in the Grand Am Series.

    ‘rsstopper’ was the buyer. rsstopper is the team owner’s handle at NAM.

    http://www.rsrmotorsports.com

    It will be interesting to see what their plans are.

  • veggivet

    Weird how the bidding went from 28k to 60k in one step.

  • lavardera

    would they be able to use this car in the series they are racing in? or will this mean they’ll now field a car in another category?