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Inspired by a legend.

The association with racing legend John Cooper began over 50 years ago, when the racecar manufacturer developed the new Mini into the fast and sporty Mini Cooper. With a powerful new engine and uprated brakes, a speed demon was born: one that could be enjoyed by the public and rally drivers alike. It went on to chalk up numerous racing wins, including three at the prestigious Monte Carlo Rally. Today the legacy continues, with the John Cooper Works name a guarantee of premium quality and performance.

MINI 1957 prototype

A rebel is born.

The 1957 prototype for the Mini, with the codename XC/9003 (‘XC’ standing for ‘experimental car’). Not surprisingly, the name didn’t stick. Apart from the radiator grille, indicators and tyre cross-section, there were very few differences between it and the ground-breaking car that eventually launched in 1959 - going on to become the best-selling British car in history.

Racing car builder John Cooper

The conquering hero.

Racecar builder John Cooper spotted the potential of the sensational new Mini for competition. One engine and brake upgrade later, a rally demon was born. The Mini Cooper chalked up racing victories from the start, sprinting to victory at the 1962 Tulip Rally with Pat Moss – seen here talking to journalists – and co-driver Ann Wisdom.

MINI motor sport icon

A motorsport icon.

Iconic track, iconic car. Here are John Rhodes and Steve Neal, both in a Mini Cooper S at the Brands Hatch circuit in 1968. MINI continues to have a strong association with the famous track, which hosts a regular ‘Mini Festival’ in association with MINI Sport UK. In 2013 it honoured 50 years of the enduring success of Mini Cooper S. Here’s to 50 more.

MINI Cooper S, Monte Carlo Rally winner

High rolling in Monaco.

Mini didn’t hang around. Fresh from early success, a new, even sportier Mini was released: the Mini Cooper S. It took the racing world by storm, scoring three victories in four years at the prestigious Monte Carlo Rally. Paddy Hopkirk and Henry Liddon are shown here with their Morris Mini Cooper S at the Palace in Monte Carlo, 1964. Mini would have scooped four successive victories, but a disputed technicality about headlamp regulations resulted in its disqualification. A few eyebrows were raised, but Mini’s reputation was sealed.

MINI JCW Challenge

The legend lives on.

MINI continues to trailblaze through the new millennium. John Cooper set up MINI John Cooper Works in 2000, supplying MINI with new tuning accessories. In 2005 the limited edition pre-tuned MINI Cooper S with John Cooper Works GP kit was presented at the MINI United Festival, and was widely lauded as the fastest road-going MINI ever. 2012 saw its re-launch as the sportiest series-production MINI, with only 2,000 of them built. The John Cooper Works range continues to expand, with the MINI John Cooper Works Convertible as the latest speed demon to hit the streets. Meanwhile in the world of motorsport, MINI shows no sign of slowing down. The MINI John Cooper Works Challenge hit race circuits across the globe for the first time in 2004. And in April 2011, the first new MINI rally car for over 40 years was finally unveiled: the MINI John Cooper Works WRC. In 2012 and 2013, Stéphane Peterhansel blitzed his way to two legendary victories in his MINI ALL4 Racing at the Dakar Rally. MINI continues to prove its racing prowess across the many fields of motorsport. Motorsport is part of MINI DNA, and John Cooper saw it from the start.

MINI Paceman Austin MINI Cooper S, 1972

Best of British.

Jonathan Buncombe drives an Austin Mini Cooper S at another iconic British track, Mallory Park, in 1972. That year Buncombe and his Cooper S went on to win the British Saloon Car Championship. We have a habit of winning, you may have noticed.

Design in detail.

Take a closer look at the John Cooper Works models.

MINI John Cooper Works rear spoiler and roof

Rear spoiler and roof.

Styling worthy of its racing DNA: the exclusive contrasting roof and sporty rear spoiler show no restraint.

MINI John Cooper Works exclusive mirror caps

Mirror caps.

The devil’s in the detail: exterior mirror caps are available in contrasting black, exclusive to John Cooper Works models.

MINI John Cooper Works instrument cluster

Instrument cluster.

The MINI John Cooper Works demands complete focus, so the tachometer and speedometer are placed right behind the steering wheel, right in your line of sight.

MINI John Cooper Works manual gear knob

John Cooper Works 6-speed manual transmission

The 6-speed manual transmission with automatic Start/Stop function offers faster gear shifts for a faster, quicker drive. The gear knob is styled in the tradition of classic sports cars, with a sleeve in aluminium optic and red contrasts.

MINI John Cooper Works badge

John Cooper Works badge.

You know when things are getting hotter as soon as you step in, and just in case you need to check what’s in store, these special badges are on the door sills.

MINI John Cooper Works sports seats

John Cooper Works sport seats.

You’ll be gripped by the look and feel of the specific John Cooper Works sport seats with integrated headrest including a special John Cooper works badge and improved side support. Made even more distinctive by the optional Dinamica/Leather combination.

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MINI John Cooper Works

Born to be wild.

Pure power, with a racing pedigree. Every John Cooper Works model is built for jaw-dropping performance, with exclusive bold styling and a turbocharged engine packing up to 231hp (170 kW) of firepower. This is MINI, dialled up to the max.

MINI John Cooper Works high performance tuning

Engineered for awesome.

High-performance tuning and parts give the John Cooper Works range its fearsome firepower. The twin-scroll turbocharged engine delivers up to 320 Nm of torque with bone-shaking force. The tough and agile chassis ensures perfect roadholding with outstanding traction on any surface. And the throaty growl is enough to give you goosebumps before you’ve even put your foot down.

MINI John Cooper Works power, Chili Red colour

Power dressing.

One look at a John Cooper Works model is enough to reveal its motor racing genes. Inside is a pure cockpit feel, with sports seats and Chili Red detailing exclusive to John Cooper Works. Outside it’s the essence of motorsport, with exclusive large alloys, striking contrast roof and mirror caps in optional Chili Red. With performance to match its unrestrained looks, you won’t just turn heads – you’ll send them spinning.