MINI JOHN COOPER WORKS GP CONCEPT
BUILT FOR THE FUTURE.
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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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 – the man who turned the original Classic MINI into the track-ready Mini Cooper and unleashed it onto an unsuspecting racing world. Today, they are the most powerful and exclusive MINI models ever built. And with jaw-dropping performance, upgraded parts and the sportiest looks they’re specially engineered to get your heart racing and adrenalin pumping.
A classic with an impressive rally legacy. As the direct descendant of John Cooper’s winning cars, our MINI John Cooper Works 3 Door 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. It is the ultimate powerhouse built for the free spirit. And is perfect for cruising along seaside roads, or heading out on the highway with no destination in mind. This is what true freedom feels like.
In the MINI John Cooper Works Clubman, we’ve blended versatile performance and sophisticated design. With 231 hp under the bonnet and standard ALL4 all-wheel-drive for extra grip around those exhilarating corners, you won’t have to compromise on any of the MINI John Cooper Works 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 MINI John Cooper Works built for the adventurer. With its impressive power, size and standard ALL4 all-wheel-drive, it will take you anywhere the road leads you and beyond. From discovering new parts of your city to exploring the countryside both on and off-road, any trip with our MINI John Cooper Works Countryman is an adventure waiting to happen.
John Cooper Works has a history steeped in the indomitable Mini spirit and cult rally success. Pioneering Formula-One car builder, John Cooper, saw huge racing potential in the classic Mini with its revolutionary transverse engine. Just two years after it was introduced, he constructed a racing-class version with a bigger, 55hp (41 kW) engine. Soon Mini was taking the motorsport scene by storm and streaking to victory in many international events.
The John Cooper Works story has its beginning 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 world of motorsport as we know it and help create a thriving racing legacy in Britain that still exists to this day. Not to mention the profound, evolutionary effect it would soon have on Mini.
The first cars built by the Cooper Car Company were single-seat Formula Three racing cars that were enormously successful in the 500cc class. This was due to their revolutionary innovation: the rear engine. It was stroke of genius that soon made Cooper racing cars the vehicle of choice for aspiring young drivers. After dominating the Formula Three and Formula Two scene, Formula One was the obvious next challenge for the Coopers. Taking on the giants like Ferrari and Porsche, Stirling Moss's victory in the 1958 Argentinean Grand Prix put the small company firmly on the map. In 1959, the same year the first classic Mini was introduced, Cooper went on to win both the coveted 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, twin carburettors, new brakes, sharper steering and an agile, go-kart-like chassis 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. The classic Mini Cooper and Mini Cooper S became world beaters, outracing and outlasting the larger, more powerful sedans of the day. And winning almost every international competition imaginable – including historic wins at the Monte Carlo Rally in 1964 and 1965. In 1966 the Mini once again claimed 1st, 2nd and 3rd place at the Monte Carlo Rally but were disqualified in a controversial decision by the hometown judges for non-standard headlights. But in true Mini style, in 1967 Mini was back on the same track and once again streaked to a win.
During the 1980s the Cooper Car Company, now run by John's son Mike, started supplying power enhancing tuning kits. These comprised of parts and accessories that greatly boosted the performance of the classic Mini.
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 dealers 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 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 were launched: a totally updated version of the hardtop 3-door hatchback 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. 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.
Just like their celebrated predecessors, all the new MINI John Cooper Works models share the same high-performance DNA. Recently, several exciting new John Cooper Works models have been launched including the MINI John Cooper Works Rally – the first MINI rally car for over four decades and one of the most powerful models ever built. MINI Motorsport teams are once again taking the tracks by storm and with four Dakar Rally wins in a row one thing is clear: the legendary era of MINI and John Cooper is far from over.
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 premium performance and durability. And with its awesome racing design and John Cooper Works badge, the brakes and engine aren’t the only things that are cooler than usual.
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 MINI 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. As you can see we didn’t just design it to look good. Even though it most definitely does.
Developed and tested on a variety of racetracks like the Nürburgring Nordschleife, our MINI John Cooper Works sport suspension offers you perfect handling, a remarkably dynamic driving experience and impressive stability. In short, the legendary MINI go-kart feeling taken to the extreme, no matter whether you are driving on the track or your daily route to work.
From the moment you switch on the engine, the incredible MINI 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 MINI 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.
We’ve added a touch of exclusivity everywhere – and every time – you turn. 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 John Cooper Works sport seats are designed to give you full control of the incredible power beneath you. You will especially appreciate the extra lateral support when you are zipping around corners in true MINI go-kart style. With an integrated headrest, John Cooper Works badge and optional Leather/Dinamica upholstery, the John Cooper Works sport seats also have the exclusive look fitting a car of this distinction.
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 now 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.
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.