PUT YOURSELF TO THE TEST WITH 306 HP.
With their muscular stance, distinctive low growl and 306 HP of pure power, our MINI John Cooper Works models are ready to set your heart racing. These unruly high performers are the reincarnation of John Cooper's winning racing legends and embody the very essence of motor sport. Now the legacy lives on. With more athleticism and the most powerful engine ever placed in a MINI, this is driving passion in its most potent form. When you have this power and precision at your disposal, you instantly realise that standing still in a JCW is the toughest test of all.
Once the light changes, you’re ready to unleash the power at your disposal – and the racer in you. We devised a series of tough challenges to show the awe-inspiring performance of our new MINI John Cooper Works models.
MEET THE MODELS.
Embodying the very essence of motorsport, our MINI John Cooper Works models boast a distinctive, yet muscular sophistication that makes heads turn and mouths drop. They are the reincarnation of John Cooper’s winning rally legends. These peerless, standalone powerhouses are packed full of impressive features – and are built to knock your socks off.
POWER UP WITH A PULSATING 306 HP.
Packed full of rousing features, every John Cooper Works model embodies the essence of motor sport. Direct and intense, the power translates every impulse into action. As every curve approaches, the streets vibrate with the pulse of life – all the way to the home stretch.
One look and you’re hooked. Even before you open the door, you sense that MINI John Cooper Works plays in a league of its own. The aerodynamic front bumper and sporty rear spoiler already hint at the excitement that awaits you. Step inside, and you’ll discover a suite of premium materials and track-focussed details designed to impart that exclusive race car feeling.
THE LEGACY OF JOHN COOPER.
MINI John Cooper Works models descend from a line of racing champions created by the trailblazing Formula One car builder, John Cooper. He knew racing potential when he saw it. And his keen eye spotted it in the newly introduced Classic Mini.
THE FAITH OF A FEW.
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.
WRITING MOTORSPORT HISTORY.
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.
PUTTING THE DRIVER FIRST.
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.
THE MAKING OF A LEGEND.
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.
DEFYING ALL CONVENTION.
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 winner that was vastly superior to its competitors.
BRAND NEW ERA.
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 John Cooper Works’s 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).
FASTER AND FASTER.
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.
REBIRTH OF A LEGEND.
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, the X-raid MINI John Cooper Works Rally team had an excellent Dakar Rally 2019, with five crews finishing in the top ten, and the team achieving second place overall.
IT’S A WAY OF LIFE.
Take your passion a step further with our wide range of high-quality MINI John Cooper Works merchandise. Our collection is constantly changing but always focuses on the essentials – combining sustainability, authentic premium materials and cool design with innovation and clever details. It’s the full works, so grab your gear today.