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See what happens when we apply our imagination, pioneering spirit and motor racing genes to create the high-performance sports car of tomorrow.
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Our high-performance MINI John Cooper Works models are ready to make a powerful impression, with their athletic stance and distinctive, low growl. These unruly high performers are the reincarnation of John Cooper's winning racing legends and embody the very essence of motor sport. John Cooper and his team trusted their instincts. In the early 60s, against all odds but with an unstoppable, pioneering spirit, he managed to build a legendary racing car from a tiny family car – and changed the minds of many.
No one predicted that John Cooper and the iconic classic Mini would take the chequered flag, against all odds. The feisty underdog took the motor racing world by storm, overpowering opponents with its nimble handling and groundbreaking engine and wheel layout. Time and time again.
The John Cooper Works story has its roots in 1946. Charles Cooper and his son John founded the Cooper Car Company and built their first racing cars in Charles' small garage in Surbiton, England. This humble beginning would ultimately change the course of motorsport, and help create a thriving worldwide racing legacy that still exists to this day. Not to mention the profound effect it would soon have on the classic Mini. Check out the excellent "John Cooper: Genius & Works", an exclusive documentary produced by Sky.
The Cooper Car Company first built single-seat Formula Three racing cars. These were hugely successful in the 500cc class due to their revolutionary rear engine. This stroke of genius soon made the Cooper Car Company the choice for aspiring young drivers. John Cooper went on to win both the Formula One World Championship and Constructors Championship.
After enjoying considerable success with his own car constructions, John Cooper became fascinated with the newly introduced classic Mini. Intrigued by its potential, he envisioned turning it into a champion racer. With the addition of a more powerful engine, new brakes and sharper steering, he had soon transformed this modest little family car into a giant-slaying racing car. In 1961, the first Mini Cooper was born.
Now, nothing could hold Mini back. John Cooper’s instinct had once again been spot on. He was the master of his game. A car for the ages had been created. By 1964, Mini Cooper was a globally renowned marque. It won almost every competition imaginable – including historic wins at the Monte Carlo Rally in 1964, 1965 and 1967. Mini and John Cooper had developed the classic Mini into a winnner that was vastly superior to its competitors.
In 2001, 'Mini' joined the BMW Group and was rebranded as MINI. This change brought a great revival of interest in tuning the MINI models and continuing the John Cooper Works legacy. John Cooper Works MINI Cooper and MINI Cooper S Tuning Kits were made available through MINI Centres worldwide from 2003, boosting the output of the MINI Cooper to 126 hp (93 Kw) – and the MINI Cooper S to an impressive 200 hp (147 Kw).
A pre-tuned MINI Cooper S with the John Cooper Works GP Kit was launched in 2006. This new limited edition MINI hatchback delivered breathtaking performance and a unique racing feeling. It was the fastest road-going MINI to date, able to reach 62 mph (100km/h) in just under 6.5 seconds. Only 2,000 were produced. And all in a single unique colour scheme: metallic Thunder Blue with Chili Red Mirrors and a Pure Silver roof where the production number between 1 and 2,000 was displayed.
In 2007, BMW acquired the John Cooper Works brand name, engineering and development resources. And one year later, the first two new MINI John Cooper Works models were launched: a totally updated version of the John Cooper Works Hatch and the John Cooper Works Clubman. These powerhouses were equipped with a 1.6 litre four-cylinder engine with Twin Scroll turbocharger and an output of 211 hp (155 kW). A testament to John Cooper’s pioneering spirit and commitment to driving performance. Five years later, in 2013, the limited edition MINI John Cooper Works GP was released, boasting a 218 hp turbo-charged four-cylinder engine. Once again, just 2,000 of these highly sought-after models were produced.
MINI’s motorsport legacy lives on in the MINI John Cooper Works models that have just hit the streets. They all share the same high-performance DNA and racing-grade tuning to deliver a potent combination of precision handling and acceleration. Furthermore, our MINI John Cooper Works Racing Team is conquering the competition, too. It recently took the chequered flag at Daytona – beating some of the world’s premier sports cars. And after winning the Dakar Rally four years in succession with MINI ALL4 Racing, the X-raid MINI John Cooper Works Rally team had a successful start to the Dakar Rally. John Cooper would be proud.
Breathing is key to performance. Which is why we’ve furnished the MINI John Cooper Works front bumper with large air intakes plus an additional cooler to keep your engine and brakes at the ideal temperature for high performance and durability.
John Cooper Works is all about extreme driving and fun at the highest level of precision. But the highest performance demands tight control and stability, especially when you’re driving through bends at higher speeds. So we specially designed the 18” and 19” light alloy wheels to accommodate massive brakes. In bold Chili Red with a John Cooper Works badge, the 4 piston fixed caliper brakes provide you with all the stopping power you need for tight turns and fast changes of pace.
The sporty John Cooper Works rear spoiler gives you an extra aerodynamic edge, reduces drag and exerts downward pressure that keeps the car stuck to the road like glue.
Developed and tested on a variety of racetracks like the Nürburgring Nordschleife, our John Cooper Works sport suspension offers you perfect handling, a remarkably dynamic driving experience and impressive stability.
From the moment you switch on the engine, the incredible John Cooper Works roar reminds you of the power at your disposal. There is no better sound track to any drive than the deep, throaty growl you get every time you nudge the accelerator. And it only gets better once you switch to Sport Mode.
Our sporty John Cooper Works DNA can be found in every detail, like the stainless steel pedal caps. Particularly durable, particularly sleek and particularly good for putting your foot down flat.
Every now and then you have the chance to really let loose. An empty highway, a long tunnel or a windy stretch of country road. The perfect time to switch to Sport Mode. It sharpens the steering and acceleration for sportier, more agile handling. And the sound alone is enough to make you remember why you love driving.
The integrated white indicators house the side scuttles and flaunt the John Cooper Works badge on Piano Black with a Chili Red border.
Set in prime position close to the asphalt, the distinctive John Cooper Works sport seats are designed to give you full control of the incredible power beneath you. You will appreciate the extra lateral support when you are zipping around corners with legendary MINI handling and captivating agility.
The road is stretching out in front of you. The landscape is whizzing past. And the next exciting corner is coming up. Of course you don’t want to look away. And with the high contrast Head-Up Display you don’t have to. All the information you need is always right in front of you and clearly visible: speed, your current gear, the best moment to change up or down and even a rev display.
We haven’t forgotten our legendary roots. You can see this in details like the classic sport’s car gear knob with its aluminium sleeve, red gear labels and stitching. Plus, the 6-speed manual transmission has the lightening reactions you want from a car of this calibre when you take it through its paces.
Easy on the eye and even easier on the hand, our branded John Cooper Works sports steering wheel is crafted from perforated leather with Chili Red stitching. We’ve equipped it with integrated multifunction controls including dynamic cruise control. And shaped thumb rests give you the perfect grip so you can take the corners like a pro and stay steady on the homestretch.
You can see the John Cooper Works’ commitment to excellence in every detail. Even the door sills have a refined look with an integrated John Cooper Works logo and chequered flag design elements to welcome you as you step inside. And to hint at the thrills to come.
Even the Instrument Cluster has a unique John Cooper Works look. The bold red and black colour scheme is the perfect back drop for making the engine roar and the needles climb higher and higher. Chequered flags adorn the speedometer from 200 km/h reminding you of what John Cooper Works is capable of. And of course, everything is placed directly in your line of sight so that instead of distracting from your driving experience, it adds to it.
When you’re behind the wheel of a John Cooper Works, you’re guaranteed thrills worthy of the race track. Our premium performance models are named after the legendary John Cooper – and are the most powerful and exclusive MINI models ever built.
A classic with an impressive rally legacy. As the direct descendant of John Cooper’s winning cars, our MINI John Cooper Works Hatch will speak to your inner racer. It effortlessly brings together power, agility and depth of engineering. And with its short wheel base the go-kart feeling is taken to the extreme so you will start looking forward to every bend in the road.
Feel the wind in your hair and the adrenalin coursing through your veins. The MINI John Cooper Works Convertible boasts a sleek, sporty design and formidable performance.
In the MINI John Cooper Works Clubman, we’ve blended versatile performance and sophisticated design. With 231 hp under the bonnet and all-wheel-drive for extra grip around those exhilarating corners, you won’t have to compromise on any of the JCW high-octane fun. And with its ample size and the split doors in the back, it’s also flexible enough for any occasion.
This is the John Cooper Works built for the adventurer. With its impressive power, size and standard all-wheel-drive, it will take you anywhere the road leads you and beyond.