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.