Following its public display at the 2009 MINI United Festival at Silverstone, England, MINI have now confirmed a limited production run of the John Cooper Works World Championship 50 special edition beginning in Spring 2010. The worldwide production run has been confirmed for just 250 vehicles, with around 50 of these reaching US customers.
Inspired and influenced by John Cooper’s son, Mike Cooper, the limited MINI special edition is a tribute to both the birth of the brand and John Cooper’s first Formula One title victory 50 years ago. Both were revolutionary and triumphant: in the summer of 1959 Alec Issigonis presented his concept for an all-new small car, with its transverse-mounted front four-cylinder engine, and space for four occupants plus luggage. That same year, sports car constructor John Cooper won his first Formula One World Championship title with Jack Brabham at the wheel.
Based on a standard MINI John Cooper Works hatchback, the World Championship 50 vehicle is painted a special colour called Connaught Green, harking back to the famous colour of British race cars of the 1950s and 60s era. It is combined with the roof and bonnet stripes in Pepper White. The vehicle is then equipped with the John Cooper Works Aero Kit, gloss black versions of the 17” Challenge spoke wheels, custom numbered side scuttles, a unique Championship Red Lounge Leather interior and carbon fibre accents throughout. It also features special floor mats with red stitching that matches the red stitching found on the shifter and parking brake boots. John Cooper Works’ signature adorns a special plaque that is affixed to the instrument panel trim.
Retail prices in the US for the MINI John Cooper Works World Champion 50 Edition will be $39,600; Destination and Handling costs are $700, for a total cost of $40,300. European prices and availability are yet to be confirmed.