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rFactor 2 teases future Mini JCW Cup car content update

Joe Tanner, Mini JCW, MINI CHALLENGE UK, Knockhill 2022

Studio 397 continues to announce more content to racing sim rFactor 2 with its recent unveiling of the Mini JCW Cup car.

In what will be music to the ears of tin-top racing fans, rFactor 2 will soon be releasing the front-wheel-drive Mini JCW Cup car to the simulation.

According to Studio 397’s most recent blog post, the car is being worked on as we speak and will appear at some point in the future – albeit not in the upcoming Q3 2022 Content Drop.

“In a future quarterly release, we plan to introduce the modern JCW cup car to the simulation as well.”

Currently the car of choice in the BTCC-supporting Quaife MINI CHALLENGE, the Mini JCW Cup car features a four-cylinder, 2.0l turbocharged engine which produces up to 275bhp (JCW being a reference to John Cooper Works, a famous tuner of Minis whose JCW brand is now owned and operated by BMW Mini to denote uprated versions of its models).

Based on the Gen 3 F56 Mini Hatch road car, the racecar variant uses a six-speed sequential gearbox and features all the normal racing modifications to bring the car safely to the racetrack; including a welded-in roll cage and uprated suspension, brakes and transmission.

Hannah Chapman, Mini JCW, MINI CHALLENGE UK 2021, Knockhill
Hannah Chapman, Mini JCW, MINI CHALLENGE UK 2021, Knockhill, Photographer: Ross McGregor

The Mini JCW will arrive in a future quarterly update for rFactor 2, although exact details are unavailable at this moment. Looking at the date of previous releases, however, the earliest the car can appear is November – 13 weeks after the sim’s proposed 2022 Q3 content update.

For those looking for more immediate compact front-wheel drive thrills, however, the 2022 Q3 rFactor 2 Content Drop is set to include another Mini: the Mk1 Austin Mini Cooper S Group 2.

Thanks to historic and modern examples of the popular Mini tin-top, plus current BTCC cars already included in-game, rFactor 2 is increasingly looking like the sim of choice for touring car enthusiasts. With the Mini JCW also appearing in Automobilista 2 it will also be interesting to see how both versions compare.

Are you looking forward to sampling the new JCW Mini Cup car in rFactor 2? Let us know in the comments below.

Featured image: Joe Tanner, Mini JCW, MINI CHALLENGE UK, Knockhill 2022 – Photographer: Ross McGregor

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