Charleston, SC: MINI of Charleston made its public debut this week as the organization responsible for MINI USA’s entry into the new B Spec racing Class. B Spec was the brainchild of several automotive manufacturers that wanted to have a class dedicated to racing base, entry level cars. After seeing the first prototypes at the Performance Racing Industry Show in Orlando, Florida last December, MINI of Charleston Executive General Manager, Brad Davis, began discussions with MINI USA about getting MINI involved in this new form of closed circuit road racing. The class rules proposed allowed limited modifications for safety and affordable racing. MINI of Charleston and MINI USA agreed to have the Charleston dealership handle development of the required race package. A base MINI Cooper was quickly modified and sent to the Los Angeles Auto Show where MINI USA introduced the car to the press and public on November 17th. Within hours of MINI USA’s press release, over 8 pages of internet chatter can be found with a simple Google search.
B Spec racing has already gotten serious commitments from 8 manufacturers (MINI, Honda, Mazda, Toyota, Kia, Fiat, Ford, Chevrolet and Nissan). The Sports Car Club of America, National Auto Sport Association, Grand Am professional racing and World Challenge Racing have indicated they will be sanctioning B Spec races during the 2012 season.
MINI of Charleston will be selling the kits to convert a 2007-2012 MINI Cooper into a B Spec race car. The basic kit includes a roll cage, racing seat, competition shocks and spring, racing brake pads, performance exhaust system and safety equipment. For more information, contact Brad Davis @ MINI of Charleston 843 402-6551 or firstname.lastname@example.org
To view the Automobile Magazine’s coverage of the MINI Press Event see http://rumors.automobilemag.com/los-angeles-2011-mini-is-ready-to-race-with-cooper-b-spec-car-89233.html