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.