Mini to campaign JCW Coupe Endurance racer at 24hr Nürburgring race

June 24th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Only a few days after first showing the production version of its new two-seater Coupe (read news), Mini has now revealed the John Cooper Works Coupe Endurance car.

The motorsport world will get its first look at the Coupe race car when it goes up against the supercars at this weekend’s Nürburgring 24 hour endurance race. The Mini will compete in the SP 3T class.

An entire day worth of racing at the ‘Green Hell’ is a big ask for the little Mini on debut but it has been given the virtues to possibly get through. Under the bonnet is a tuned version of the stock N14 4-cylinder, 1.6-litre engine that uses twin-scroll turbocharging as well as direct injection. Power has been increased to 185kW with 330Nm of max torque on tap this will enable the Mini to hit a top speed of 240km/h whenever it can reach it. While exact sprint and performance times haven’t been announced, expect the 965kg enduro car to accelerate at an express pace.

Keeping the JCW Coupe held tight to the tarmac is the same adjustable race suspension system used in the Mini Challenge race car. There’s also a race-tuned Dynamic Stability Control system and ABS braking. Keeping it safe is a full roll cage, racing seat, 6-point seatbelt and HANS system. Continue reading “Mini to campaign JCW Coupe Endurance racer at 24hr Nürburgring race” »

MINI Test Drive JCW Cabrio Rallye Monte Carlo.

March 2nd, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

Rauno Aaltonen and Paddy Hopkirk are paying a visit to the twisting streets of Monte Carlo, where they celebrated their greatest victories at the Rallye Monte Carlo in 1963/64.

Mini John Cooper Works and John Cooper Works Clubman

December 17th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

Promotional driving footage


Mini may compete in the WRC with new crossover

August 20th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

The original Mini Cooper earned its performance credentials back in the 1960s by performing impressively at the Monte Carlo rally. Paddy Hopkirk took the Monte Rally honours in 1964 at the wheel of a Cooper S.

The new BMW made Minis are without doubt fun cars to drive but they have never been used in a major factory-backed motorsports program. That may be about to change, according to recent reports Mini’s new crossover could form the basis of a World Rally Championship program in 2011. The all-wheel drive crossover first appeared as a concept vehicle at the Paris Motor Show last year and is expected to debut in production form next month in Frankfurt.

The new model is predicted to carry the “Countryman” nameplate and is naturally expected to get a high performance John Cooper Works edition sometime next year which could form the base of a WRC rally car. The recent cancellation of BMW’s Formula 1 program could help make room in the budget for a serious rallying effort

Mini may compete in the WRC with new crossover

August 20th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

The original Mini Cooper earned its performance credentials back in the 1960s by performing impressively at the Monte Carlo rally. Paddy Hopkirk took the Monte Rally honours in 1964 at the wheel of a Cooper S.

The new BMW made Minis are without doubt fun cars to drive but they have never been used in a major factory-backed motorsports program. That may be about to change, according to recent reports Mini’s new crossover could form the basis of a World Rally Championship program in 2011. The all-wheel drive crossover first appeared as a concept vehicle at the Paris Motor Show last year and is expected to debut in production form next month in Frankfurt.

The new model is predicted to carry the “Countryman” nameplate and is naturally expected to get a high performance John Cooper Works edition sometime next year which could form the base of a WRC rally car. The recent cancellation of BMW’s Formula 1 program could help make room in the budget for a serious rallying effort.

Mini Cooper JCW World Championship 50 – details released

June 12th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

Mini JCW 50 fq

Full details and images have just been released of the special edition Mini Cooper John Cooper Works World Championship 50 (that’s a lot of badging).

The special edition was designed to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the start of the Mini’s motorsports successes, as well as John Cooper’s victory in the F1 Drivers’ and Constructors’ Championship with Jack Brabham in the driver’s seat. Limited to just 250 examples, the MCJCWWC50 features the standard JCW’s 211-hp turbo four, along with a full slate of celebratory touches inside and out.

Available solely in Connaught Green (a new color for Mini), all examples receive white racing stripes down the hood and roof, a color scheme designed to reflect the livery of the Cooper F1 cars. There are also cross-spoke Challenge alloy wheels finished in black, a stack of carbon-fibre bits (hood scoop, rear diffuser, mirror caps, tailgate handle) and special numbering. The model was designed in conjunction with John Cooper’s son, “John” Michael Cooper, whose signature appears on the hood stripe and naturally on a special dashboard plate.

Inside, there’s carbon black leather with red piping and stitching throughout, along with more carbon fibre bits, an Alcantara steering wheel, and a six-speed manual gearbox.

All-up, it’s a fairly tidy package for collectors and enthusiasts. No word yet on pricing but it won’t be cheap or even reasonable.

Mini to create rival to Golf GTI

May 8th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

Mini Cooper

Recent rumors circulating suggest that Mini has started work on a direct VW Golf GTI rival that could be called the Mini GTI. According to a car magazine the Mini GTI will offer the same front-wheel-drive performance, but use altered exterior styling. The Mini GTI will also have a John Cooper Works version and will be built in the same manufacturing plant as the forthcoming Mini Crossover. The Mini GTI is expected to output around 180 hp and its JCW version around 220 hp. The Mini GTI is expected to have a distinct, and probably more aggressive, design with a rear spoiler and upgraded interior goodies such as sport bucket seats and a racing steering wheel.

The Mini GTI’s price is expected to be lower than the Golf’s and will probably come to market sometime in 2012.

MINI drops the top on the John Cooper Works

February 11th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

Mini Cooper John Cooper Works cabriolet fq

MINI will unveil the world’s fastest small premium cabriolet at the Geneva International Motor Show on 03 March 2009. The MINI John Cooper Works Convertible will take centre stage at the event and is on sale in the UK from 28 March 2009, priced at £23,470 on the road (approx. NZ$64,000) – there’s no word on when/whether it’ll actually come to New Zealand, but you can read our review of the JCW Mini hard top hatch here.

Featuring the same high performance engineering modifications as the Hatch model carrying the John Cooper Works badge, the Convertible’s 1.6-litre twin scroll-turbocharged engine produces 211 hp and up to 280 Nm peak torque with Overboost deployed.

The newcomer’s petrol power plant is a significantly revised version of the 1.6-litre turbocharged unit found in MINI Cooper S models, and the same as that in the MINI CHALLENGE race car. The engine is lighter, stronger and is supplied with a larger air intake and an exhaust system specifically designed for John Cooper Works cars.

The transmission’s gearing is strengthened to handle the extra available power; power that pushes the car to a remarkable output of 132 hp per litre.

The lengthy standard kit list of every MINI John Cooper Works Convertible includes a bespoke John Cooper Works Alcantara steering wheel, sport seats, John Cooper Works floor mats and glossy piano black interior.

A Sport button is located in front of the gear stick. When pressed it activates a bespoke engine control map producing boost earlier in the rev range and sharpening steering and throttle response. The gear knob featuring a red gearing diagram is unique to the MINI John Cooper Works.

Unique lightweight 17″ alloy wheels in Cross-spoke CHALLENGE design, shod with Run-flat tyres, feature on the exciting new Convertible. A John Cooper Works Aero kit is standard and the tuning brand’s logo is positioned on the boot, grille, brakes and door sills.

Extra-large disc brakes paired with upgraded bright red Brembo performance callipers are supplied. Chassis technologies ensuring a sporty and safe driving experience are also standard features of the MINI John Cooper Works:

* ABS Brakes
* EBD Electronic Brake Force Distribution
* CBC Cornering Brake Control
* EDLC Electronic Differential Lock Control
* DSC Dynamic Stability Control (incorporating Hill Assist)
* DTC Dynamic Traction Control

Unique to MINI John Cooper Works models is EDLC. With DSC fully deactivated, the car’s Electronic Differential Lock Control delivers an even sportier driving experience. EDLC works when the car is accelerating hard out of corners or tight bends. In this situation, it electronically slows the spinning inside wheel to enhance grip and ensure that all available power is transferred to the road through the wheel with greatest traction. In contrast to the way DSC and DTC manage power delivery to the wheels, EDLC does not intervene with the throughput of engine power, meaning the driver is in near total control of the handling of the car.

So, in the JCW Mini cabriolet we’ve got a car with enough flair to be seen in, but enough power to get away from being seen!

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