COOPER champ

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HERE’S a lim­ited edi­tion any self-re­spect­ing Mini fan would sell their soul for. The John Cooper Works World Cham­pi­onship 50 lim­ited edi­tion evokes both the start of the tri­umphal path of the clas­sic Mini as well as victory in the F1 Driv­ers and Con­struc­tors Cham­pi­onship for John Coop­ers racing team.

It’s in­spired by John Cooper’s son, Mike, whose sig­na­ture ap­pears on the fa­cia and on one of the bon­net stripes.

It will have a strictly lim­ited pro­duc­tion run of 500 units world­wide and will be­come one of the most exclusive Minis ever pro­duced.

The first ve­hi­cles are due off the pro­duc­tion line in the first quar­ter of 2010 with Mini Aus­tralia hop­ing to get hold of a lim­ited num­ber of ve­hi­cles.

The car is based on the Mini John Cooper Works and pow­ered by a 155kW 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.

It’s fin­ished in Con­naught Green, com­bined with the roof and bon­net stripes in Pep­per White – hark­ing back to the fa­mous colour of Bri­tish race cars of the 1950s and 60s era.

The MINI John Cooper Works World Cham­pi­onship 50 also fea­tures a num­ber of car­bon fi­bre en­hance­ments, in­clud­ing the bon­net scoop on the bon­net, rear dif­fuser, ex­te­rior mir­ror caps and tail­gate han­dle.

Spe­cial num­ber­ing on the side scut­tles fin­ish­ers iden­ti­fies each of the World Cham­pi­onship 50 as an in­di­vid­ual en­tity.

Full leather sports seats come in black with red pip­ing and the red theme is per­pet­u­ated with co-or­di­nat­ing red knee-rolls, arm­rests and red stitch­ing on the floor mats, gearshift and hand­brake gaiters. Fa­cia, and door grip fin­ish­ers con­tinue the car­bon fi­bre theme, as does the John Cooper Works in­sert on the Sports Steer­ing Wheel, which has an Al­can­tara rim con­ceived for sporty driv­ing fun.

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