We are very excited to announce our participation in the Dutch Time Attack Championship. Rik de Vrieze will drive our Ultralite Racing R53 MINI Cooper S in the Pro-class and will try to keep up with Impreza’s, Skylines and heavily modified Honda Civics. That being said, the MINI Cooper S isn’t stock either. We have worked very hard to get this, what might be one of the most full-optioned, MINI where it is now. Although we have plenty left on our to-do-list (from painting the roll-cage to rebuilding the engine), here’s a sneak preview on our very own racing car. The 10th of March this MINI will debute at the Circuit Park Zandvoort during Automaxx Streetpower.
In addition to ditching the A/C system and mounting a Fletcher aluminum radiator, which is thicker than the original, we have upgraded the cooling system with our M2 Motorsport alloy expansion tank and a set of silicone radiator hoses.
The body was strengthened by an aluminium strut-bar, from M2 Motorsport as well, between the upper towers and a carbon-fiber strut between the rear seatbelt mounting points.
M2 Motorsport also supplied two bucketseats in the cockpit, a GTR for the driver as this seat offers a little more support, and a GTS for the passenger to enable them to get in-&-out of the car easier. These bucketseats are complemented with some purple FIA racing harnesses from QSP (send us an inquiry if you’re interested in their products).
We’ll use our silver Ultralite F1’s wrapped in Kumho V70A’s for the dry racing days, but have taken a bronze set of 7.5J x 17” F1’s set out of our stock and put some Michelin Pilot Sport 4’s on them for the wet racing days.
Last but not least we are testing a big brake kit and a new coilover system we’d like to offer in the near future. In cooperation with a well-established brand we are looking into the distribution of these in Europe, but only if they prove themselves to be good on the track.
In a previous session the engine was modified a little by replacing the camshaft, injectors, supercharger pulley (-15%) and intercooler; this little MINI puts out 241hp and 280Nm of torque and should be good fun the 10th of March on the Zandvoort GP track.