Over a year ago Honda and Mazda got the ball rolling, announcing new B-Spec race cars based on their sub-compact Fit and Mazda2 models. Since then numerous other automakers have signed on, ranging from Fiat with the 500, to Kia with the Rio. The latest automaker to toss its tires into the ring is MINI, with a B-Spec race version of the Cooper Hardtop.
Unveiled at the LA Auto Show, MINI partnered with Mini of Charleston, South Carolina to develop a turnkey racecar package. Sold separate from the car, it will allow owners to transform their street machine (2007 to 2012 models only), into a track ready machine. Included in the package is a roll cage, racing seat and harness, plus KW coilovers, upgraded brake pads and braided lines. No changes to the engine are permitted in the series, with the B-Spec MINI making 122-hp.
With growing support for the class, the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) has announced a new B-Spec series that will run alongside the World Challenge series as it makes its way to different tracks across America starting in the spring.