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MINI wins class at the 24 Hours Barcelona

Besaplast MINI No. 42 at the 24 Hours Barcelona

The Besaplast Racing Team of Franjo Kovac, Fredrik Lestrup, Thomas Tekaat, and Ralf Eisenreich have won the A2 class at the 24 Hours Barcelona today.  Their No. 42 MINI Challenge-based car had a very strong showing, winning by 13 laps over the second place car.  The MINI was a remarkable seventh place overall.

Here are the results for all of the MINI entries:

Place No. Team Drivers Car Laps
1 42 Besaplast Racing Team Franjo Kovac
Fredrik Lestrup
Thomas Tekaat
Ralf Eisenreich
MINI John Cooper Works Challenge 595
5 46 Schirra-Motoring Friedrich von Bohlen
Harald Grohs
Markus Oestreich
MINI John Cooper Works 570
7 45 Team Partl Motorsport 2 Christian Bock
Felix Partl
Rainer Partl
MINI John Cooper Works 564
13 43 [s.i.g.] motorsport 1 Michal Viteck
Michal Kramer
Thomas Miniberger
Jan Cervenka
MINI John Cooper Works Endurance Coupé 484
DNF 44 [s.i.g.] motorsport 2 Daniel Skalicky
Premyslav Bartos
Ivo Ragan
Thomas Kwolek
MINI John Cooper Works Endurance Coupé 398

See the final results (PDF) and the  final results by class (PDF).


MINI John Cooper Works Countryman Press Kit

2013 MINI John Cooper Works Countryman

BMW Group PressClub Global released the Press Kit for the MINI John Cooper Works Countryman.

The MINI family is constantly expanding, and new additions have also been made to the range of John Cooper Works models. For the first time, race-bred thrills can be experienced in combination with the transfer of power through all four wheels. The MINI John Cooper Works Countryman, fitted with the most powerful engine in the MINI model range and equipped as standard with the ALL4 all-wheel-drive system, assures the driver of extreme driving fun on any terrain. Powertrain and chassis technology underpinned by extensive motor sport expertise teams up with the vehicle concept of the first MINI with four doors, a large tailgate and up to five seats to introduce the famed handling characteristics and looks of John Cooper Works models to additional target groups in another new segment.

The MINI Countryman has displayed its sporting potential in a string of impressive performances in the World Rally Championship (WRC) – proof, were it needed, that the brand’s first five-seater shares the racing genes which define the character of every MINI. Now John Cooper Works has polished these inherent talents to dazzling effect in a production model.

Unique combination: variable-usage interior, impressive output, poise and assurance in an extremely wide range of road conditions.

Within its class, the MINI John Cooper Works Countryman brings an unrivalled combination of race-focused powertrain technology, all-wheel drive, premium profile and versatile interior to the table. And its inimitable style also comes to the fore through various design features and an exclusive selection of paint finishes, light-alloy wheels and interior materials. The standard equipment of the sixth model in the John Cooper Works line-up includes an aerodynamic kit which lends extra muscle to the front and rear apron, as well as bespoke side skirts, 18-inch light-alloy wheels and the sports car cockpit ambience which has become a speciality of John Cooper Works models.

The MINI John Cooper Works Countryman captures the imagination by imbuing the traditional MINI go-kart handling characteristics with an even sharper edge. The fast and precise responses of the all-wheel-drive system allow it to demonstrate impressive poise and assurance in challenging road and weather conditions and off the beaten track. The 4,133-millimetre-long, 1,789-millimetre-wide and 1,549-millimetre-tall MINI John Cooper Works Countryman is equally adept when it comes to crossing the boundaries of urban mobility, and its generous levels of space and seating comfort encourage the driver and passengers to admire the qualities of this versatile performance athlete over longer journeys as well.

Four or five seats, up to 1,170 litres of luggage space.

With short overhangs, a high waistline and a powerful over-the-wheel stance, the MINI John Cooper Works Countryman draws its design inspiration from the time-honoured MINI template. The family ties are also emphasised by styling cues such as the characteristic contours of the radiator grille, large headlights set into the bonnet, voluminous wheel arches and vertical rear light clusters. Features particular to this model include the John Cooper Works badges on the radiator grille and tailgate, and red-backed, anthracite-coloured side indicator surrounds on the diagonal link between the A-pillars and the front wheel arches. Customers can choose from a selection of seven exterior paint shades. The contrast paint finish for the roof and exterior mirror can be ordered in the red shade exclusive to John Cooper Works models, as well as white and black. Sport Stripes in the same colours are available as an option.

The rear of the MINI John Cooper Works Countryman can be specified with either a seat bench for three passengers or – as a no-cost option – two individual seats. The rear seats can slide fore and aft in a 60 : 40 split (if the three-seat bench is specified) or individually, and their backrests can be adjusted for tilt and folded down individually or in a 40 : 20 : 40 split (three-seat bench) to increase boot capacity from 350 to as much as 1,170 litres.
The Centre Rail storage and attachment system is also part of standard specification.

The MINI John Cooper Works Countryman will be built at the
BMW Group’s partner firm Magna Steyr Fahrzeugtechnik in Graz, Austria. Production will take place alongside the other variants of the MINI Countryman on a separate assembly line set up and operated according to the exacting standards of the BMW Group. As with all the brand’s models, the
high-performance powerplant for this sharpest of all MINI Countryman models will be sourced from the Hams Hall engine plant, one corner of the MINI Production Triangle in England.

Download the MINI John Cooper Works Countryman Press Kit (PDF).


five MINIs enter the 24 Hours Barcelona

Schirra Motoring MINI John Cooper Works

From MINI Motorsport:

MINI is represented by a strong contingent of five cars at this year’s 24-hour race in Barcelona. Great things are expected of all four teams on the endurance circuit.

Class victory, class victory, class victory: all four MINI teams lining up at this year’s endurance event – a total of five cars – have made it their mission to send the fastest car in their category into action at the 24-hour race in Barcelona from 7th to 9th September. They face tough opposition in the Catalonian capital, with 18 driving crews starting out in the A2 class at the demanding “Circuit de Catalunya”, which for many years has regularly hosted Formula One races. The five MINI crews will have to show real stamina. They cannot afford to let the many Renault Clios in their class out of their sights, particularly as they are equipped with sequential gearboxes to make their drivers’ lives easier.

The race begins at noon local time on Saturday, 9/8.

42 Besaplast Racing Team Franjo Kovac
Fredrik Lestrup
Thomas Tekaat
Ralf Eisenreich
MINI John Cooper Works Challenge
43 [s.i.g.] motorsport 1 Michal Viteck
Michal Kramer
Thomas Miniberger
Jan Cervenka
MINI John Cooper Works Endurance Coupé
44 [s.i.g.] motorsport 2 Daniel Skalicky
Premyslav Bartos
Ivo Ragan
Thomas Kwolek
MINI John Cooper Works Endurance Coupé
45 Team Partl Motorsport 2 Christian Bock
Felix Partl
Rainer Partl
MINI John Cooper Works
46 Schirra-Motoring Friedrich von Bohlen
Harald Grohs
Markus Oestreich
MINI John Cooper Works

Read the article 5 MINIs? That’s right, 5 MINIs and follow the race on the 24 Hours Barcelona website.


MINI JCW Countryman sneak peek on MINIUSA.com

MINI JCW Countryman on MINIUSA.com

Although you can’t configure one yet, MINIUSA.com has a sneak peek of the forthcoming MINI John Cooper Works Countryman.  See a few images and sign up for the MINI JCW Countryman email list if you’re interested in this latest member of the the MINI and John Cooper Works family.

MINIUSA.com’s future concepts page also has the MINI JCW GP, MINI Clubvan, and MINI Paceman.

Visit MINIUSA.com.

MINIUSA.com Concepts


MINI JCW Countryman and MINI JCW GP on the Tail of the Dragon

MINI JCW Countryman MINI JCW Countryman

Those MINI enthusiasts attending MINI Takes the States 2012 are getting a special look at two forthcoming John Cooper Works models.  MINI USA is showing the MINI John Cooper Works Countryman and the MINI John Cooper Works GP at the events, but also on the road.  Both vehicles were caught motoring on US 129, better known as The Tail of the Dragon, by killboy.com.

MINI JCW GP MINI JCW GP

[Source: killboy.com.  See all of the MINI photos of The Tail of the Dragon during MTTS 2012 from 7/6/2012.]


MINI presents 2013 John Cooper Works models

2013 John Cooper Works models

With the addition of the John Cooper Works Roadster and the announcement of the forthcoming John Cooper Works Countryman, the six-member JCW model line-up is complete.  MINI announced changes to the JCW range in a new press release.

Munich. In keeping with the times, MINI will inject the ultra-sporty performance characteristics of its John Cooper Works models with even greater efficiency from July 2012 with the introduction of a new-generation engine and other far-reaching powertrain innovations. Fresh from an intensive course of further development, the twin-scroll turbo engine develops the same levels of output and torque as its predecessor, but will make drivers’ hearts beat faster with its even quicker responses and stoke their admiration with substantially reduced fuel consumption and emissions. A much broader spread of MINIMALISM technology helps to enhance the efficiency of the John Cooper Works models, and all members of the sub-brand’s line-up can now be fitted as an option with a six-speed automatic gearbox. Added to which, the MINI John Cooper Works Countryman comes with the MINI ALL4 all-wheel-drive system as standard.

New-generation engine for the John Cooper Works models offers instantaneous power delivery and a restrained appetite for fuel.

An outstanding baseline concept and a constant flow of innovations provide the basis for sustained success in race competition and beyond. Indeed, a rigorously applied strategy of further development has also given the road-spec John Cooper Works models a decisive edge in their respective segments. Expertise refined over years of motor sport involvement has ensured ultra-sporty driving fun by perfecting the interplay of a powerful engine, advanced chassis technology, and bespoke exterior and interior design elements. And so the John Cooper Works models are poised to embark on the new season stronger than ever and with fresh power under the bonnet.

The family of elite athletes in the MINI ranks welcomes another new member in the shape of the MINI John Cooper Works Countryman. The five-door model is fitted with a particularly powerful variant of the new-generation engine. Its 160 kW/218 hp is channelled through an all-wheel-drive system to deliver a new take on outstanding performance that can be enjoyed not only on the road but also over rough terrain. Peak torque of 280 Newton metres (207 lb-ft) is available between 1,900 and 5,600 rpm, and the MINI John Cooper Works Countryman dashes from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 7.0 seconds – regardless of whether the power flows through the standard six-speed manual gearbox or the optional six-speed automatic. Top speed is 225 km/h / 140 mph (automatic: 223 km/h / 139 mph). Equally impressive is average fuel consumption in the EU test cycle of 7.4 litres per 100 kilometres / 38.2 mpg (automatic: 7.9 l/100 km / 35.8 mpg) and CO2emissions of 172 grams (184 g) per kilometre.

The new-generation engine can also be found in the MINI John Cooper Works, MINI John Cooper Works Clubman, MINI John Cooper Works Convertible, MINI John Cooper Works Coupe and MINI John Cooper Works Roadster. The further developed powerplant is based on the unit in the MINI Cooper S and likewise uses a twin-scroll turbocharger, petrol direct injection and variable valve control based on the BMW Group’s VALVETRONIC system. This throttle-free load control technology optimises both the responsiveness of the engine and its efficiency; lightning-fast reactions to the driver’s requests for power go hand-in-hand with a restrained appetite for fuel.

The technical make-up of the 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine – which sports a John Cooper Works logo on its cover – has a direct link to the development of race-trim engines and has been honed exclusively for the John Cooper Works models. Its cylinder block and bearing mounts are made from aluminium and join forces with reinforced pistons, a particularly high-strength cylinder head and low-weight crankshafts. The exhaust valves are sodium-filled to help provide the extra cooling required by a turbocharged engine, and the intake camshaft features infinite phase adjustment.

The turbocharger, meanwhile, develops even greater charge pressure than the engine in the MINI Cooper S Coupe. The likewise bespoke exhaust system can be identified from the outside by its polished stainless steel twin tailpipes.

The engine produces its maximum output of 155 kW/211 hp at 6,000 rpm, while peak torque of 260 Newton metres (192 lb-ft) is on tap between 1,850 and 5,600 rpm. The overboost function allows this figure to be raised to 280 Newton metres (207 lb-ft) for a short time between 2,000 and 5,200 rpm.

The new engine links up as standard with a six-speed manual gearbox tuned to suit its performance characteristics. However, the John Cooper Works models can now also be ordered as an option with a six-speed automatic gearbox with Steptronic function. The automatic also allows the driver to change gear manually using either the selector lever or the shift paddles on the steering wheel.

The press release also gives European emissions figures and lists some standard features.  Read the full press release Innovations designed to provide extreme driving fun and even greater efficiency. MINI presents the new John Cooper Works models.


first MINI Coupe and MINI Roadster accessories brochure

KEEP IT MINI. MINI Coupe and Roadster accessories brochure KEEP IT WILD. MINI Coupe and Roadster JCW tuning brochure

KEEP IT MINI. / KEEP IT WILD.

The first MINI Accessories catalog has been released for the MINI Coupe and MINI Roadster.  The 16 page flip brochure is filled with 11 pages of MINI accessories and 5 pages of John Cooper Works Tuning accessories.  Some accessories specifically for the MINI Coupe and MINI Roadster are the sports-style car cover, fitted luggage compartment mat, seat belt holder, and the fixed John Cooper Works rear spoiler.  The JCW rear spoiler is listed at $976.00.

The MINI USA catalog number is MMA-R58R59.


MINI John Cooper Works Countryman debut

MINI John Cooper Works Countryman

We knew it was coming and today MINI debuted the MINI John Cooper Works Countryman.  The Countryman was the lone model without a JCW version, but no more.  The JCW Countryman comes with the new VALVETRONIC engine but only manages 211 hp.

From BMW Group PressClub:

Woodcliff Lake, NJ – February 28, 2012… MINI The MINI family is constantly expanding, and new additions have also been made to the range of John Cooper Works models available to customers. For the first time, MINI racing-inspired thrills can be experienced in combination with all-wheel drive. The global introduction of the MINI John Cooper Works will get under way in autumn 2012.

The MINI John Cooper Works Countryman, will be fitted as standard with the all-wheel-drive system known as ALL4, and powered by a newly developed four-cylinder turbocharged engine producing 211 hp. This new combination assures the driver of extreme driving fun on any terrain. The John Cooper Works Countryman is also the first John Cooper Works model available for order with a six-speed automatic gearbox as an alternative to the standard six-speed manual.

With powertrain and chassis technology developed calling on the brand’s vast motor sport expertise built into the first MINI with five doors and four/five seats, MINI will deliver its John Cooper Works presence in another new segment… complete with all of the customary handling characteristics and sporty appearance the brand is known for.

The Countryman, MINI’s first five-seater, already shares the racing genes which define the character of every MINI, and now the John Cooper Works polishes these inherent talents to really shine. The new engine brings another hike in output, transferred onto the road with impressive style by the MINI ALL4 all-wheel-drive system. The John Cooper Works suspension ensures every change in direction is imbued with addictive agility. The MINI John Cooper Works sprints from 0 to 62 mph in 7.1 seconds. While U.S. fuel economy figures are not yet available, average fuel consumption of 7.2 liters per 100 kilometers / 39.2 mpg imp in the EU test cycle represents an outstanding return when you consider the performance on offer (automatic transmission: 8.0 liters/100 km and 35.3 mpg imp).

Note: performance and fuel consumption figures are provisional.

The distinctive style of the sixth John Cooper Works model in the MINI line-up is also expressed through the car’s design, including the exclusive selection of paint finishes, light-alloy wheels and interior materials available for order. The MINI John Cooper Works Countryman is equipped as standard with an aerodynamic kit, 18-inch light-alloy wheels, a sports exhaust system with chrome tailpipes and door sills bearing the John Cooper Works logo. The color Chili Red can be specified as a contrasting paint finish for the roof and exterior mirrors. And Chili Red flourishes for the interior, such as in the exclusive design of the sports seats, also add a distinctive flavor to the sports car ambience carried over from the other John Cooper Works models.

The most powerful member of a new generation: the engine in the MINI John Cooper Works Countryman.

The motor sport roots of John Cooper Works are reflected in a constant thirst for new performance benchmarks. This ambition has inspired even more power from the new four-cylinder engine in the MINI John Cooper Works Countryman, as well as ensuring further gains in efficiency. The latest generation of the twin-scroll turbocharged engines benefit from both direct injection and a variable valve control system based on the BMW Group’s VALVETRONIC technology. This throttle-free load control development significantly improves both the engine’s responsiveness and its efficiency. Reinforced pistons and intake valves, and further optimization of the cooling, air supply and exhaust gas discharge system, enable further increases in output and torque. Added to which, the 1.6-liter engine’s turbocharger is given a particularly large intercooler.

The MINI John Cooper Works Countryman’s engine reaches its maximum output of 211 hp at 6,000 rpm and generates peak torque of 207 lb-ft between 2,000 and 5,600 rpm. The Overboost function briefly pushes this figure up to 221 lb-ft between 2,100 and 5,200 rpm. The sports exhaust system – its slanting tailpipe embellishers providing an extra dose of the hallmark John Cooper Works design – gives this outstanding power delivery the one-of-a-kind soundtrack it deserves.

All-wheel drive and an automatic gearbox are both offered for a John Cooper Works model for the first time in this vehicle. The MINI John Cooper Works Countryman is the first model to send the extreme output from its motor sport-inspired engine through all four wheels.

The new car’s ALL4 all-wheel-drive system uses an electromagnetic center differential to distribute drive seamlessly between the front and rear axles. This ensures the engine’s power always finds its way to where it can be converted most effectively into forward motion. In normal driving conditions, the MINI’s intelligent ALL4 system directs all of the engine’s power to the front tires, and up to 50 percent of its power can be diverted automatically to the rear wheels when driving conditions require it. This provides a traction-led expression of the handling talents for which MINI is famed, ensuring maximum directional stability and dynamic performance whatever the weather and road conditions. Together, the engine’s imposing power and the added John Cooper Works technology employ to harness it lay on a full-blooded brand of driving fun.

The market launch of the MINI John Cooper Works Countryman is complemented by another MINI powertrain premiere, the introduction of an optional six-speed automatic gearbox for John Cooper Works customers as an alternative to the standard six-speed manual. Detailed tweaks have been made to both the gearboxes themselves and the clutch for the manual variant to take into account the extra engine power, and ensure outstanding performance and efficiency. The manual and automatic versions of the MINI John Cooper Works Countryman accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in 7.1 and 7.5 seconds respectively on the way to a top speed of 127 mph.

Sporting flair, John Cooper Works style: chassis, aerodynamics, design and interior.

Chassis technology including a front axle with MacPherson struts, central-arm rear axle, Electric Power Steering and a model-specific, exceptionally high-performance braking system is also in keeping with the sporty character of the MINI John Cooper Works Countryman. The standard sports suspension includes particularly stiff spring and damper settings, strengthened anti-roll bars and a 10-millimeter drop in ride height. The standard-fitted DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) includes DTC (Dynamic Traction Control) mode.

Pressing the likewise standard Sport Button tweaks the engine responses, the character of its soundtrack and adjusts the power assistance provided by the steering. 18-inch Twin Spoke light-alloy wheels with polished spoke fronts and black rim wells are fitted as standard. 19-inch light-alloy wheels – also designed exclusively for the MINI John Cooper Works Countryman – can be ordered as an option.

The muscular front and rear aprons and bespoke side skirts of the standard specification aerodynamic kit ensure visual impact and optimized airflow. Customers can choose from seven colors for the exterior paintwork. A contrasting paint finish can be specified for the roof and exterior mirror caps – in the Chili Red shade exclusive to John Cooper Works models, as well as Light White and Jet Black. Also available as an option are Sport Stripes in the same colors. The John Cooper Works logo on the radiator grille, tailgate and door sill strips and near the side indicators highlight the car’s identity even more clearly.

The interior of the MINI John Cooper Works Countryman also comes with additional sporting touches as standard. Sports seats in Diagonal Track Carbon Black cloth trim with red contrast stitching have been designed specifically for the new model; while options such as the similarly exclusive sports seats with Lounge Leather trim in Carbon Black Championship Red can also be ordered. The trim strips around the cockpit, door panels and center console come in Piano Black as standard. The optional Chili Red trim elements, meanwhile, are exclusive to the MINI John Cooper Works Countryman and include red flourishes for the cockpit and doors, and red stripes for the black trim elements on the center console. Added to this are the sports steering wheel with red contrast stitching and John Cooper Works logo, the dark speedometer and rev counter dials, anthracite-colored roof liner, gearshift lever with red shift pattern lettering, red contrast stitching for the gearshift lever gaiter and floor mats with red stitching add further depth to the sports car ambience.


MINI JCW Countryman reviews

MINI JCW Countryman preview

As we announced on Tuesday, MINI will produce a John Cooper Works Countryman next year.  Many automobile magazines sent writers to Austria to preview the new model.  Here are reviews from several of the major automotive sources:

Auto Express: MINI Countryman JCW [December 14, 2011]

Autoblog: 2012 MINI Countryman Cooper S ALL4 John Cooper Works [December 16, 2011]

Autocar: MINI Countryman JCW on the way [December 13, 2011]

Automobile Magazine: First Drive: 2012 MINI JCW Countryman ALL4 Prototype [December 14, 2011]

Car and Driver: 2013 MINI John Cooper Works Countryman [December 14, 2011]

Classic Driver: Prototype drive in the new JCW MINI Countryman [December 13, 2011] (Google translation from German version)

Motor Trend: First Drive: 2012 MINI Cooper S Countryman ALL4 John Cooper Works Prototype [December 20, 2011]

What Car?: MINI Countryman John Cooper Works review [December 13, 2011]