MINI is heading back to the 24 Hours of Nurburgring next year with Bulldog Racing. We heard the news from Charlie Cooper himself as he will be once again behind the wheel with several co-drivers taking on the legendary “Green Hell”. But the big question is, what car will MINI race with the current F56 MINI Cooper JCW going out of production?
While there’s nothing yet announced, we’d bet the car will be a production version of the new F66 MINI Cooper JCW. With no manual on offer for the F66, we expect the production based race car to come equipped with the dual clutch transmission. While we love seeing a manual at the ‘Ring last year (the only car in the field with one), the DCT will be a better match for the track and the competition.
As you can imagine MINI is thrilled to be heading back:
Motorsport has always been part of MINI’s DNA. The brand’s tradition and passion for racing are inextricably linked. With John Cooper Works’ renewed participation in the Nürburgring 24-hour race in 2024, we are sending a clear signal for the roots and future of MINI in motorsport. It is an honor for us to face the competition and rigors of one of the toughest endurance races and to demonstrate our passion for racing.Stefanie Wurst, Head of MINI
The car will be one once again by Bulldog Racing which has a long history of fielding cars for the race. Last year’s MINI Cooper JCW (which featured Charlie Cooper) came 2nd in class showing not only the strength of the car but also the team.
We’ll have more on next years plans from MINI for the Nurburgring 24 Hours in the coming months. In the meantime if you want more Nurburgring content, check out our experience at the event itself in 2022: