This news comes from frequent MF contributor Berthil and the Dutch NewMINIclub:

>Members of our Dutch have recently been to Oxford to visit the plant and they spotted these suspicious looking R56 MCS’s:

>Could these be the first batch of JCWs from the factory? Look at the red rear brake calipers. Rims and logo do not match but can be put on later since the rims do not have the center cap on.

Based on our information we believe there are two possible answers. Either this is one of the first batches of JCW factory cars or a batch of the JCW Challenge race car which is built in batches at the factory and then modified off-site.

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