Mini enthusiasts in the United States will, after all, get a chance to buy the hot-looking John Cooper Works World Championship 50. This so-called “ultimate Mini,” announced last year at the Mini United Festival in England, is limited to a run of 250 vehicles, none of which were to be sold in the United States. But apparently dealers whined loudly enough that Mini now says 50 of the special-edition cars will be culled from the herd and sent to the United States. Deliveries begin in late spring.The World Championship 50 celebrates the 50th anniversary of the beginnings of John Cooper’s motorsports successes, which included a world championship with Australian driver Jack Brabham. The new Mini is essentially an appearance package variation for the John Cooper Works model. Each car is painted in British racing green — “Connaught,” it is called — with a white roof and racing stripes. The package also includes blacked-out 17-inch wheels, xenon headlights and black leather seats with red piping.The World Championship 50 is powered by the John Cooper Work’s 1.6-liter, 208-horsepower turbocharged 4-cylinder, and has the same performance suspension package as the standard John Cooper Works model.
Photo and text courtesy Niello Mini, Sacramento, Ca.