Previously only speculation but now has become confirmation as Mini removes the wraps off of its latest special edition John Cooper Works (JCW) Mini to mark its 50th anniversary together with the 1959 and 1960 achievements of the John Copper in the F1 World Championships.
The newest JCW, which will go through a limited production run, will be sold solely in British Racing Green, in keeping with the original vehicles, and is patterned after an identical core found in the JCW edition presently being offered for sale.
Sir Jack Brabham was behind the wheel when the JCW Coopers when it garnered back-to-back titles for a total of eleven race victories in two seasons.
Dubbed as the World Championship 50, it is the latest car which was one of the three special edition cars revealed last weekend at the Mini United 2009 celebrations in Silverstone. The other models were the Magical Mystery Tour Cooper S of the Beatles and the Mayfair and Camden versions.
No performance revisions were done on the World Championship 50, which means that it still houses the 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder from the standard JCW version that generated 208hp (155kW) and 192lb-ft (260Nm) of top torque.
Featured as standard on the model are paint scheme called Connaught Green, white racing stripes, black leather trim with red piping, Bluetooth, a stereo system by Harman Kardon, 17 inch alloy wheels, bi-xenon headlights, and interior and exterior trim of carbon fiber.
As it has always been, the MINI features a number of standard driving stability systems like ABS (Anti-lock Braking System), CBC (Cornering Brake Control), DSC (Dynamic Stability Control), DTC (Dynamic Traction Control), EBD (Electronic Brake Force Distribution), EDL (Electronic Differential Lock) as well as Hill Assist.
DTC is designed to allow controlled slip on the drive wheels. For instance, when driving on a slippery surface, the driver can still accelerate in a controlled manner, with the car’s front wheels spinning slightly. The upper limit is reached, DSC will intervene, although the driver – with a simple push of button -- can easily deactivate the DSC/DTC systems.
When the DSC is turned off, the standard EDL can be activated, allowing for better control of cornering at higher speeds. If a wheel loses grip, EDL transfer the drive to the wheel with better grip, thereby increasing overall traction and pulling force.
Meanwhile, MINI especially tuned the Sports Suspension for the Works models. Nonetheless, customers may avail of the John Cooper Works suspension that can lower the vehicle by 10 mm while offering greater levels of chassis rigidity.