Studio 397 continues to announce more content for the rFactor 2 racing simulation with its recent reveal of the Mini JCW Cup car.
In what will be music to the ears of sheet metal racing fans, rFactor 2 will soon launch the front-wheel drive Mini JCW Cup car in the simulation.
According to the latest report from Studio 397 blog postthe car is being worked on as we speak and will appear at some point in the future – but not in the upcoming Q3 2022 content drop.
“In a future quarterly release, we also plan to introduce the modern JCW Coupe car into the simulation.”
Currently the car of choice in the BTCC-supported Quaife MINI CHALLENGE, the Mini JCW Cup car features a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine that produces up to 275hp (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 designate upgraded versions of its models).
Based on the Gen 3 F56 Mini Hatch road car, the race car variant uses a six-speed sequential gearbox and features all the normal racing modifications to bring the car safely to the circuit; including a welded roll cage and upgraded suspension, brakes and drivetrain.
The Mini JCW will arrive in a future quarterly update for rFactor 2, although exact details are not available at this time. Looking at the date of previous releases, however, the car may appear in November at the earliest – 13 weeks after the content update offered by the simulation for the third quarter of 2022.
For those looking for more immediate compact front-wheel drive thrills, however, the 2022 Q3 rFactor 2 Content Drop is expected to include another Mini: the Mk1 Austin Mini Cooper S Group 2.
With historic and modern examples of the popular Mini tin-top, as well as current BTCC cars already included in the game, rFactor 2 is looking more and more like the simulation of choice for touring car enthusiasts. With the Mini JCW also appearing in Automobilista 2, it will also be interesting to see how the two versions compare.
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Featured Image: Joe Tanner, Mini JCW, MINI CHALLENGE UK, Knockhill 2022 – Photographer: Ross McGregor
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