Developed by the legendary John Cooper Works company, the unique warranted package will be sold exclusively through MINI dealers and will include a reconfigured cylinder head, uprated supercharger along with special engine electronics and a performance rear silencer. This enhancement takes the regular 163hp MINI Cooper S to over 200hp. Detailed U.S. specifications and pricing will be forthcoming.
Specially designed sports seats and a ‘Works’ 18-inch alloy wheel are available for John Cooper Works cars although can be retrofitted to all MINIs. The 18-inch wheel is a star design featuring five widening spokes giving the car a sporty and powerful look. It fits tyre sizes 250/40 R18 with runflat system.
The sports seats have been designed to offer superb grip. With a reinforced
shoulder area and adjustable thigh support for added comfort, they can also be
ordered with seat heating (provided the car being converted was purchased with
this option). The ‘Works’ sports seats are available in the same range of
colours as the standard range of MINI seats. Both the sports seats and the
18-inch wheel will be available from all official MINI dealers from April 2003.
Prices will be announced closer to launch.
John Cooper Works is no ordinary aftermarket company. Since the 1940s, the company has produced celebrated racing cars, notably the front-engine Cooper Bristol driven by Fangio and rear engine Coopers for Formula 1, driven by Jack Brabham, Bruce McLaren and Stirling Moss. Under John Cooper's direction, the Cooper Car Company won consecutive Formula 1 Constructors' World Championships in 1959 and 1960.
The Cooper name is forever entwined with MINI, originating with the 1961 MINI Cooper, which was developed by John Cooper. John recognized MINI's inherent motorsport potential and his team produced cars that took numerous race titles, and the MINI Cooper S became the stuff of legend with 3 Monte Carlo Rally wins between 1964 and 1967, driven by greats such as Paddy Hopkirk and Rauno Aaltonen. The Cooper company continues to produce aftermarket parts for the classic MINI and played an active part in the development of the new generation MINI Cooper . John Cooper passed away just as the new car came to market and the company is now run by his son. Michael.
Jack Pitney, general manager of MINI USA said: "We are thrilled to be bringing this exciting package to the U.S. Mini's regular specification cars are exhilarating to drive in themselves, but the addition of this unique package takes the MINI experience to a whole new level."
Note: The Cooper version of the John Cooper package will not be offered for sale in the U.S. market.