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The collaboration between John Cooper Works and Mini has been around as long as I can remember, and I’m old as balls now. John Cooper was a legendary British car designer and builder, famous for his involvement in the creation and design of Formula One cars that went on to win championships in the 1950s and 1960s. His expertise in creating small, agile, and powerful cars made him an ideal partner for Mini. John Cooper first collaborated with the British Motor Corporation (BMC) to create a high-performance version of the original Mini, known as the Mini Cooper and as you’d expect, this new little car featured a more powerful engine, improved suspension, and a bunch of performance enhancements. The resulting Mini Cooper gained worldwide fame in rallying, particularly with its victories in the Monte Carlo Rally in 1964, 1965, and 1967. These wins cemented the Mini Cooper’s reputation as a giant killer, able to outperform much larger and more powerful cars, and the actual cars from that era are worth some pretty good money. The Mini brand was owned by Rover, and in 1994 BMW bought it over and started plans for a revival of the brand, which took place at the turn of the century. In 2000/1 BMW reintroduced the Mini Cooper, and in 2002, they launched the John Cooper Works (JCW) tuning kits to extract a little more power and better handling from the new compact hatchbacks. It was a few years later that full JCW-tuned cars became available off the showroom floor - in 2008, these models offered factory-tuned performance enhancements, making them some of the fastest and most capable Minis ever produced. These JCW models featured significant upgrades over standard Minis, including more powerful engines, upgraded suspensions, larger brakes, and distinctive styling cues. There was even a full-on racecar for the road spec Mini, the John Cooper Works GP in 2006, with subsequent versions in 2013 and 2020 - these were track-focused, with stripped-down interiors, aerodynamic enhancements, and significant performance upgrades but being part of the BMW brand meant they were ridiculously expensive. The cars have a rich racing history, and that continues today with the latest incarnation of the John Cooper Works car.

MINI enthusiasts and motorsport fans are eagerly awaiting the debut of the highly anticipated New MINI John Cooper Works. It is set to make its first appearance at this year's 24 Hours of Nürburgring, one of the toughest endurance races in the world, challenging drivers and teams to conquer the iconic Nürburgring-Nordschleife over a gruelling, day-long battle of speed, skill, and reliability. The new petrol-powered MINI John Cooper Works, cloaked in a bespoke camouflage designed by the MINI Design Team, pays homage to the iconic red and white colour schemes used for classic Minis in motorsports in the 1960s. Celebrating its world premiere in September 2024, the New MINI John Cooper Works marks a significant milestone in MINI's commitment to innovation and heritage. In a bold move, the new MINI John Cooper Works lineup, developed to push the boundaries of speed and agility, will be available in both petrol and all-electric versions. In a nod to Mini’s historic victory of the Mini Cooper S at the 1964 Rallye Monte Carlo 60 years ago, the racecar features a distinctive “37” logo, commemorating this milestone achievement. This emblem serves as a homage to MINI’s rich motorsport tradition. The New MINI John Cooper Works #317 will be entered by the private racing team from Nürburg, Bulldog Racing, and will be competing in the SP 3T category. Dubbed “MINI John Cooper Works PRO”, the MINI Twin-Power Turbo racecar represents the perfect fusion of MINI's iconic design and reliability and Bulldog Racing's track-tested expertise. The second entry will be the beloved black MINI John Cooper Works #474 manual transmission, which showcased its prowess by securing a podium finish at last year's 24 Hours of Nürburgring, proving its mettle against fierce competition in the VT-2 category, cementing its status as a formidable contender in endurance racing. As anticipation builds for its debut, MINI fans and automotive enthusiasts alike can expect an unforgettable showcase of the New MINI John Cooper Works capabilities at this year’s 24 Hours of Nürburgring from June 1st to June 2nd 2024.

Take a look at the YouTube video that shows off the new looks and dynamics of the latest incarnation of the popular John Cooper Works-spec Mini Cooper - a proper little hot hatch that subscribes to the original recipe for such a car: First Look: 2025 F66 MINI Cooper JCW Prototype | MotoringFile

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