This is so close to April fools day it’s almost hard to believe. According to Evo Magazine MINI will build a track-focused version of its latest F56 JCW model to be badged as the MINI John Cooper Works Challenge model.
According to Evo, the magazines staffers the,selves will be involved in the development process of the car along with the normal engineering staff at BMW.
Sadly the JCWc (sounds good we think) will be a UK only model and produced in very low numbers. It’s supposedly set to hit dealers in June of this year.
The JCWc will feature an adjustable suspension, updated tires and larger brakes similar to the R56 GP along with aggressive styling tweaks.
According to EVO, “This project was formed by a small group of enthusiasts at Mini Plant Oxford and Mini UK wanting to bring some of the experience from the Mini Challenge to our production John Cooper Works model” said Nicolas Griebner, Head of Product for Mini UK.
“This new car will cater to the growing number of customers looking for an even more focused John Cooper Works model without losing any of the practicality of a vehicle they can use on the road every day.”
Why go to the trouble of producing a car in such limited numbers for a single market? It could be a precursor to a GP version meant for global markets or a proof of concept for something else entirely. Or it could be an early and horribly misplaced April Fools Day . Assuming it’s not a prank, we’ll have more shortly.