May 25th, 2009
MINI UK has released some details around the WC50 while at MINI United that bring the details of this car into greater focus. As we’ve reported MINI will be building 250 of these special JCWs worldwide with 100 going to the UK. US availability is still up in the air.
The options list is strictly set as each car will be identical when leaving the factory. Once out of the confines of the Oxford plant MINI will fit the aero kit and other accessories before shipping them out to dealers.
Technically this is identical to the stock JCW (even down to the stock suspension) which is sure to dissapoint hardcore JCW fans. However this is a very special car that will likely be the most limited MINI produced to date. continued →
May 24th, 2009
We had the chance to get inside the car and get a few more photos showing more details of the World Championship 50 MINI.
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May 23rd, 2009
It hasn’t been announced officially but our sources are telling us that the ultra rare (250 worldwide) World Championship 50 will be priced at 40,000 Euros. If (and it’s a huge if) this car comes to the US it’ll be likely upwards of $50,000 most likely.
We’ve also received a full list of options and accessories included on the car:
- Exclusive non-metallic British Racing Green (will not be offered on any other MINI)
- Pepper White Roof
- Signed Pepper White Bonnet Stripes
- John Cooper Works Aero Kit
- Carbon Fibre Rear Diffuser
- Additional Driving Lights w/Black Housing
- Bi-Xenon Lights w/Black Interior
- Numbered Edition Side Scuttle Finishers
- Carbon Fibre Mirror Caps
- Carbon Fibre Bonnet Scoop
- Carbon Fibre Tailgate Lift Handle
- Cross-Spoke Challenge Alloy Wheels in Jet Black
- Full Leather Piped Seat in Carbon Black w/Red Piping
- Alcantara John Cooper Works Steering Wheel
- Carbon Fibre Facia Finishers
- Signed Facia Plaque
- Carbon Fibre Door Grip
- Gear Shift & Handbrake Gaiters w/Red Stitching
- Floor Mats w/Red Edging
- Blacked out Headlamps
May 22nd, 2009
Directly across from the White Roof Radio/MF tent is the only MINI available in flat BRG, the MINI F1.
We have found out that only 250 will be produced world-wide. We have heard that MINIUSA is working on getting an allotment of these MINIs in the states, but nothing definite is planned at this time.
For now, enjoy the photos, specs after the jump.
May 21st, 2009
We’re just hours away from MINI United 2009 and the official kick-off of MINI’s 50th birthday party. So what will this weekend bring? From what we’ve heard we’ll be seeing the ultra limited edition MINI JCW F1 (reported on several times over the last month), and the more widely available Camden and Mayfair editions. In case you forgot or missed the news, here’s what each of these special editions will bring:
- F1: Unique non-metallic British racing green, dark JCW wheels, JCW aerokit, interior badges, etc and rumored to only be available in the UK
- Mayfair: Hot Chocolate body color with unique wheels, interior trim and badges – available in most markets
- Camden: Silver White (R52 Sidewalk color) with unique wheels, interior trim and badges – available in most markets
So our question to you; what else will we see? Or to put it another way, what would you like to see as a surprise debut at MINI United this weekend?
Look for our coverage to commence Friday when Todd and DB interview the likes of Mike Cooper, Gert Hildebrand and Rauno Aaltonen along with some other surprises.
May 1st, 2009
Earlier this week we broke the news of the first F1 being produced at the plant. Today we can go into details on the actual car. The non-metallic green everyone is talking about will be based off of Connaught Green and is a very dark non-metallic first seen on the Mini in 1964. Likely using the John Cooper name in its official title, it’s true to the non-metallic British racing green seen throughout the 50’s and 60’s on everything from Jaguars to Morgans.
Inside look for a standard Piano black dash with the usual JCW chequer flag detailing. Each car will come with a plaque (similar to the MC40 edition sold in the US for 2004) indicating it’s place within the production. Like other UK based JCW cars, the F1 will come standard with the JCW aero-kit and the JCW leather steering wheel. Otherwise things are relatively stock inside with the normal options still on the table for customers to order.
Apr 29th, 2009
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. continued →