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Prodrive And BMW Motorsport Jointly Tweak JCW WRC Engine

www.Crash.net reports on an announcement by Prodrive that Prodrive is working with BMW Motorsport to "enhance the performance of the 1.6 litre turbo engine used in the MINI John Cooper Works WRC." The article states, in part:
Chief engineer Jason Hill, who has been responsible for developing the various Aston Martin engines that Prodrive has worked on in recent years, will head the race engine team and will work with BMW engineers in Munich on the unit used in both the WRC and by customer teams in the World Touring Car Championship.

“The MINI unit is very strong and there is headroom to increase the output of the 1.6 litre engine,” Hill said. “We have refined the engine calibration, turbo control and transmission control strategies which have made better use of the hardware we have and are being implemented now.

“In the longer term there will be a new evo pack in conjunction with BMW Motorsport, including a number of mechanical enhancements, which will bring a major step change in performance early next year.”