Is anybody surprised that the track map for today’s Mini versus Porsche challenge isn’t a map of the Road Atlanta course? Instead, as Autoblog indicates, it’s an autocross track set up at Road Atlanta to include nine tight corners and a skidpad. There is one relatively short straight, but that’s about the only section of the course in Porsche’s favor. Just as Mini would have had no chance on the full Road Atlanta course, Porsche has zero chance of beating Mini on a tight track that favors lighter cars with lower horsepower.
I’m pretty sure my ’06 Miata would give Mini a run for their money, even on 4 year old stock tires. I’d soften the rear sway a bit, but that’s about the only changes required for a course like this. If I were a bit closer than 8 hours away from Road Atlanta, I might have seen if Mini wanted to go double or nothing against my MX-5. Of course if they’re not replying to Hyundai, I don’t think they’d give me a response, either.
Don’t worry, we’ll keep you posted on the outcome. I predict a victory for Mini against a privateer Porsche, and I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if they agreed to run against a Hyundai Genesis as well. I’d give the nod to Mini on that race as well.