MINI dealers in US had been experiencing a good demand for the John Cooper Works World Championship 50 special edition and they expressed their interest in bringing the car to the US shores. And finally MINI decided to give in to the demands of the MINI US dealers by exporting 50 units of the hand-built luxury car. The deliveries would begin late spring / early summer.
The public got a glimpse of the special edition model during the 2009 MINI United Festival in Silverstone, England. The global production run for the car has been confirmed for just 250 vehicles.
The limited edition car has been inspired and influenced by John Cooper’s son, Mike Cooper and it is a tribute to the 50th year anniversary of Mini’s and John Cooper’s first F1 championship victory.
1959 was a glorious year for both MINI and John Cooper. That was the year when Alec Issigonis presented his concept for an all-new small car featuring a transverse-mounted front four-cylinder engine. The concept had space for four occupants and luggage. In the same year, John Cooper got his first Formula One World Championship title with Jack Brabham at the wheel.
The JCW World Championship 50 edition is based on MINI John Cooper Works Hardtop and sports some attractive peculiarities. The car’s Connaught Green colour would remind you of the 1950’s and 60’s era when the British race cars used to be the same colour. The bonnet and the roof get stripes in Pepper White. Then, the car gets the 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 fiber accents throughout.
Even the floormats have been stitched in red so as to match the red stitching found on the shifter and parking brake boots. The instrument panel trim get adorned with a panel that has John Cooper Works’ signature
Like the standard JCW Hardtop, the Limited Edition gets a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine which can generate a maximum of 208 bhp and 192 lb-ft (260 Nm) of torque.
Considering that you can get more powerful car for the same price, the car may seem to be a little expensive at $40,300 (including the destination and Handling costs). But then this is a limited edition production and you cannot compare it with others.