MINI to Launch John Cooper F1 Limited Edition

MINI will be producing a very limited edition JCW just in time for the 50th anniversary of John Cooper’s first F1 car. It’s taken a few weeks but we’ve now verified the rumor (first reported by theswitchback) from several sources across the globe. Expect the car to feature the JCW drivetrain, aerokit and some exclusive F1 badging throughout the car. But the most obvious exclusive feature of the car will be non-metallic British Racing Green exterior paint paired with the pepper white roof and mirrors.

We can also exclusively report that the first pre-production F1 was completed earlier this week at the Oxford Plant and was quickly spotted due to it’s exclusive paint color. We expect this very car to appear at MINI United but in a very special exclusive unveiling not tied to the Camden and Mayfair special editions.

It’s unclear in what markets we should expect the F1 but with quanities as low as 50-100 units don’t be surprised if some major markets miss out.

Look for more information in the coming days.

  • Timothy

    Love the color!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1477028168 Andrew Zimmerman

    I think that a lot of people have been waiting for a non-metallic BRG.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=618731128 Philip Hubertus

    The color looks really, really nice. Can’t wait to see more pictures.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=707695212 Gregory Kaufman

    I like the color from what it looks like in the above photo. Definitely looking forward to seeing more… Interesting – this will be more exclusive than the JCW GP based on the limited unit production.

  • Blainestang

    MINI owners have been begging for a non-metallic BRG for years. Glad to see it’s finally happening.

    I wonder if the color will eventually trickle down to the “regular” MINI’s?

    It looks great.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1106915684 Robb Clifford

    LOVE the color… too bad I JUST picked up my BRG R56 =|

    Well, maybe by the time I need a new one, this color will make it’s way to ‘regular’ MINIs.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=663864174 Daniel Bennett

    I love it!!!!

  • Minipuma

    Fantastic color.

    Theswitchback article linked above says that the roof and mirrors will be Pepper White (or, “off-white”), not the standard white that we’re accustomed to on Cooper roofs.

  • eager2own

    Another vote “yes” — very nice.

    (although overall — as someone who was expecting a big release for the 50th (both of Mini and now the F1) with something akin to the GP — the release of badging and limited-color packages has been a huge disappointment… the big 50th Anniversary has really fizzled out: another wasted opportunity)

  • eto

    Wow.. Just… Wow!

  • bee1000

    Regarding the color: Please open the photo so you can see where it says “(Unofficial mock-up)” underneath it.

  • hank chinaski

    fab. the color’s great. naturally. it needs an exclusive interior leather, perhaps.

    & too bad they couldn’t offer a tuning punch. maybe they’ll throw-in goggles, helemt & racing boots!

  • JonPD

    Cool, will be looking forward to seeing more shots on this car. I think a better offering than the other two packages being released to celebrate the 50th. I personally will stick with my GP however. Good to see a nod toward history.

  • MikeJCW

    The classic Mini Cooper John Cooper LE was a limited version built in 1999 in Brooklands Green/White with a Grenadine Red leather interior. Perhaps the new F1 will also feature a dark red or burgundy interior?

  • Mk1

    Great idea, love the color, and the idea of a specal salute to John Cooper’s F1, and 50 years of Mini. But only 50 to 100 units? What’s the point? Like Eager says, a total waste. BMW/MINI really has abandoned the loyal MINI enthusiasts. All marketing hype and no payoff.

  • lavardera

    Sweet color, but bummed that this likely means that non metallic BRG will not come widely available as its been dedicated to this special edition.

  • fdavid

    Maybe Gabe and the real pros can say more about this but I heard from Aleks at Mini Manhattan that there wont be a GP this time around since the last one was a financial disaster for them. The F1 JCW looks promising!

  • http://www.motoringfile.com/ O(=^=)O Capn

    I just spit all over my screen. that is too sweet for words!

  • http://www.motoringfile.com/ Gabe

    Maybe Gabe and the real pros can say more about this but I heard from Aleks at Mini Manhattan that there wont be a GP this time around since the last one was a financial disaster for them. The F1 JCW looks promising!

    Yeah we’ve mentioned in the past that there won’t be a car quite like the GP this time around with dedicated engineering and production facilities. In fact given the state of the automotive economy I wouldn’t expect something like that for a long long time. However there will be another limited edition JCW car for enthusiasts that will be similar to the GP.

  • CarNut

    I want that!

  • TOM

    Great!

    Let me guess….MSRP = $35k???

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=672327026 Axel Griesinger

    i bet: 40k euro

  • Eric

    How will the MINI F1 compare to the MINI GP? Performance, Features, overall ZexAppeal?

  • JonPD

    What should be interesting is if they pass off the F1 Mini with the base suspension like they did with the rest of the JCW brand. The last thing the world needs is another JCW wallowing through the corners on the track.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=902505721 Josh Hway

    Is there going to be any boost in power? If there is or not, it looks great!

  • joe

    i personally im looking for a works within the next month. i just might be puting a deposit on this. when i hear its around 35k, im running to the dealer.

  • minimalist

    Would have thought it unlikely to have F1 as part of title as strongly gaurded trademark of Ecclestone/FIA. Sure looks cute in that colour though only a mock up.

  • dc11r

    i’ll put money down its just a normal JCW at best, with a special interior and paint job. it will still have the same suspension as a normal JCW, and no extra JCW bits. and will cost at least $5000 more over a comparably equipped JCW.

  • Jon

    I’m a fan of the idea of this, and finally getting a non-metallic, (i.e. TRUE) British Racing Green, but I am again left wanting. Howabout a moderate increase in horsepower with this most rare version? You can’t tweak the ECU to pump out 15 more turbocharged horsies, MINI?

    Come on… make it a truly unique, special, special edition car. This should be the most powerful MINI ever made, just like the GP was when that came out.

  • dc11r

    at the very least, JCW suspension and brake ducts at the front… and recaros… otherwise its a shame to call it “f1”

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  • mike

    droool.

  • Augie05

    Only 50-100 units? This must be a misprint. If true, this is for marketing only…. not for real customers.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=842062365 Kevin Chau

    i LIKE IT!

  • Crashton

    Nice colors!!! Finally a switch from Bavarian racing green to a true BRG. About time. I hope the color becomes available on all MINI’s.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1232156929 Mike Roberts

    Now if they can just get Apple to design the interface.

  • http://Bimmerfile.com Michael

    BMW recently produced a limited edition 135i “Sauber F1 Edition” to commemorate the 135 points BMW Sauber accrued in 2008… there were only 135 produced and only were sold in Switzerland (home of Sauber). The car was basically a sports package (M Sport) with additional style differentiations but no substance though it came with a significant mark up….

    The way I read this F1 MINI is something similar… not destined for the US.

  • rbm4

    SCOOP!

    OXFORD- MINI will be also be announcing that they will be returning to F1 as a BMW junior team called ‘Cooper’ The F1 special edition will not be brought to the US because the US does not have a F1 race. The other major announcement will the the availability of KERS in the F1 SE giving an extra 80hp for 5 seconds of full throttle acceleration but can only used once every half hour on the road. The availability of a new dealer installed adjustable front spoiler/slitter that will increase front end grip above 120 MPH but will also help clear your driveway of snow in the winter.

    Just kidding, I’ve been reading The Onion too much today….:P

  • JonPD

    Wouldn’t make any sense to bring it to the US, I expect the very low numbers to be sold only in Europe.

  • http://www.motoringfile.com/ Gabe

    The way I read this F1 MINI is something similar… not destined for the US.

    Yeah that is our expectation as well as but I didn’t want to jump to any conclusions… yet.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1046757782 Peter Braun

    Are you kidding me? So many people seem to actually like that color???? OMG – it’s like the pea soup barf in the Exorcist. It’s not even like the classic old 60s BRG, nor even at all close to the original Cooper Car Company’s green.

    I wouldn’t be caught in one that color – dead or alive.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1046757782 Peter Braun

    Not to mention the Cooper cars never ever had black stripes but always white. This is like spit in the face of history to call that a Cooper F1. Personally, if you haven’t guessed, I hate it.

  • JCWRKS

    Cool, I look forward to more updates :-)

  • cct1

    Peter, I suspect if it’s a true nonmetallic british racing green, it’ll look much better in the flesh than in the pictures; green just doesn’t photograph well, and the lighting in the above picture isn’t so hot to begin with. If it’s a true BRG it’ll be darker than it appears in that picture.

  • http://www.motoringfile.com/ Gabe

    Not to mention the Cooper cars never ever had black stripes but always white. This is like spit in the face of history to call that a Cooper F1. Personally, if you haven’t guessed, I hate it.

    Peter. Deep breath. Click on the photo, read the caption. This is an unofficial mock-up… :)

  • Gary

    Can’t help but notice that the MINI in the photo is left-hand drive. Any significance? (i.e., potential markets)

  • alpinamike

    The color looks good. I guessed it would have been like the old cooper race car.

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  • GregW

    The white stripes were adopted from the Cooper F1 car from the radiator to the windscreen, and also on the top of the tail piece. This distinguished from the other BRG cars(British Racing Green – all British cars raced in this colour – from Lotus which had gold trim, and others. Other Countries like France raced blue, Italy – red, USA – white, etc). This was before sponsorships livery came along. When JC raced his Mini Cooper team the cars adopted his team colours and stripes. Red and white cars were the official BMC Works Rally cars, i.e. Monte Carlo – with NO stripes.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=663620863 Richard Wezensky

    I can’t wait to see it.

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  • Chad

    Whoever did the unofficial mockup needs to calibrate their monitor a bit. The shading has be muted to oblivion.

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  • silvrcelt

    What it really needs in order to live up to the name is a 2.5 litre Coventry Climax engine… in the back. Or, another possibility with the proper F1 credentials would be to throw the Cosworth big valve cylinder head in there.

  • MauiMac

    Kind of off topic… but… I like the (Suzuki) SX4 Crossover vs. Mini ad on the home page : )

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  • greg

    Mini needs to make this a free color for the third gen. That’s my next car and that’s the color.

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