AC Schnitzer does the Eagle MINI John Cooper Works (R56)

Article by Christian Andrei, on June 16, 2011

Tuning firm AC Schnitzer has unveiled and conducted tests on the MINI Eagle, a project which it claims to be the fastest MINI John Cooper Works (JCW) ever assembled. AC Schnitzer, which is based in Aachen, Germany, said that this car has been fitted with anti-roll bars and a carbon fiber body kit, featuring a carbon bonnet plus carbon wings and doors.

It also gets a set of 18 inch Mi2 BiColor wheels covered in 225/35 ZR 18 tires. Of course, the car also gets race-specific features.

On the technical aspect, we see that the vehicle has been given a new turbocharger and intercooler, a new sports clutch and a limited slip differential. It also has a lightweight ion battery and AC Schnitzer's Motronic program.

In addition, the package has a stainless steel exhaust system with racing catalyst, together with a new racing suspension and a 'Short Shift' transmission.

The basic model has an output of 201hp and 280 Nm (205 lb.ft.) but with AC Schnitzer’s maneuverings, it can now develop 260hp and 340 Nm (250 lb.ft.) of torque.

It can sprint from zero to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 5.8 seconds from an acceleration time of 6.5 seconds previously. Top speed was also given a boost, from 148 mph (238 km/h) to 155 mph (250 km/h).

Press Release

AC Schnitzer Eagle based on MINI John Cooper Works (R56)

With a sensational lap time of 1:13.341 min., the new "AC Schnitzer Eagle" concept vehicle (based on John Cooper Works MINI) showed its competitors a clean pair of heels in a direct comparison around the Hockenheim Circuit.

In vehicle testing, one of the standard bases for assessment is the lap time on the world-famous Grand Prix Circuit in Hockenheim. The 260 HP AC Schnitzer Eagle has muscled its way into the big boys' league of thoroughbred sports cars with a lap time of 1:13.341 min.

In a direct comparison, the AC Schnitzer Eagle was able to leave its class rivals well behind. Only the very big names with a far more engine power on board, such as the X-Bow, M3 Kompressor, Mercedes AMG and Caterham were able to beat the "little rocket" AC Schnitzer Eagle based on the John Cooper Works MINI.

The successful principle behind the concept study (not for sale) is easy to explain: in the development of the AC Schnitzer Eagle, all areas of the vehicle were optimised by our technicians and engineers for "Efficient Performance".

The power of the standard engine was increased from 155 kW/211 HP to 191 kW/260 HP and in parallel, the entire exhaust system was replaced. At the same time the vehicle weight was reduced by 80 kg, which means that the AC Schnitzer Eagle gains a perceptible bonus in terms of agility and driving pleasure. The height-adjustable racing suspension and AC Schnitzer alloys Mi2 in 18" give the final touches both aesthetically and in driving dynamics.

The AC Schnitzer Eagle is a concept vehicle which was developed as a technology platform. Its value is € 62,000.00.

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