MINI’s 50th Anniversary JCW

This year MINI celebrates 50 years of the iconic Mini, and as a part of that celebration MINI is releasing a limited edition of the Cooper Works car, the John Cooper Works World Championship 50, of which only 250 will be produced and made available in Europe.

Inspired by John Cooper’s son Mike who was heavily consulted during development, the vehicle will be adorned with the British racing green of days gone by. According to the BMW press release, the car will be powered by a “155 kW/211 hp four-cylinder engine with Twin-Scroll turbocharger and petrol direct injection. The production version of the MINI John Cooper Works World Championship 50 features numerous exterior and interior details reflecting the racing pedigree of the brand.

Ensuring both an optimal view and a striking look are bi-xenon headlights with black interior surfaces and additional driving lights with black housings. The MINI John Cooper Works World Championship 50 also features a plethora of carbon fiber features, among them the bonnet scoop on the bonnet, rear diffuser, exterior mirror caps and tailgate handle. These provide the link to the modern racing era. Special numbering on the side scuttles finishers identifies each MINI John Cooper Works World Championship 50 as an individual entity of an exclusive limited series.”

Considerable work has gone into the whole package, the 1.6-litre four-cylinder unit is based on the engine of the MINI John Cooper Works CHALLENGE that was first intorduced in the 2008 MINI CHALLENGE. The 211 horsepower is mated to a six-speed, manual gearbox. All this enables the MINI John Cooper Works World Championship 50 to accelerate from standstill to 100 km/h in just 6.5 seconds, going on to a top speed of 238 km/h. Average consumption in the EU test cycle is 6.9 liters per 100 kilometers, with a CO2 figure of just 165 grams per kilometer.

It is a fabulous looking machine and according to MINI the car also includes electromechanical power steering (EPS) which helps guarantee safe and extremely precise handling. A Sport button on the centre console activates a more dynamic setting with sharper even steering response and enhanced precision. By depressing the button you will switch the accelerator pedal control map to an even sportier mode.

Large sports brake system with red aluminum calipers guarantee short stopping distances both on the road and track. Standard equipment also features Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) including Hill Assist, Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) and Brake Assist. With DTC switched off, furthermore, an Electronic Differential Lock Control system (also fitted as standard) is activated for the drive axle, supporting more dynamic driving when accelerating out of corners. The Works World Champion 50 will be the ultimate MINI for the lucky 250 able to afford one.