March 2, 2013
Look Out Racing World, Here Comes The Mini Cooper
When we talk about racecars, high performance machines thundering around a track is the vision that comes to mind most. Of course, local tracks offer events where the slower, less powerful four-cylinder cars are involved, mainly as a low cost event where the average Joe can test his or her driving skills. However, even though they are fun to watch, it doesn’t give you the real feel or thrill that the high performance racecars do.
In the field of professional racing, there are plenty of high performance four cylinder racecars. But, a Mini Cooper? You’re kidding, right?
Information within this article comes from our friends at Top Speed.
Who would have thought that a Mini Cooper would be considered a racecar. Here is the proof: in a 2013 ALL 4 Dakar Rally, a special edition John Cooper Works Countryman rode to an overall victory with Stephane Peterhansel and Jean-Paul Cottret as co-drivers behind the wheel.
The team of Stephane Peterhansel and Jean-Paul Cottret drove their Mini Cooper to victory for the second year in a row in the world’s toughest rally event. “ALL4 also enabled the MINI Countryman support vehicle for the successful Monster Energy X-raid Team to carve an entertaining yet reliable passage through the 14 stages from the Peruvian capital Lima to Santiago de Chile.”
As a tribute to Peterhansel, who has eleven Dakar Rally wins, there will only be eleven units manufactured and sold, solely in France, Peterhansel’s home country.
The exterior of this special edition Mini will have the same paint scheme as the Mini ALL 4 racer; a matte-black body with bright green racing stripes. It will carry the Dakar Rally winner’s logo and a signature of Peterhansel on the vehicle’s bonnet. The winning number, 302, will be located on the front doors. The 19-inch wheels are made of light-alloy and have the Cross-Spoke Crusher design with auxiliary spotlights surrounding them.
The same black as the exterior will be used for the interior, combined with green stitching on the gearshift and floor mats. Green stripes will be placed on the center console. The steering wheel is a John Cooper Works sport design and the seats are Gravity Black leather. Each unit will be made with a special edition logo and serial number placed over the glove compartment.
The performance of the engine is assumed to be the same, a 211 hp, 1.6-L turbocharged four cylinder with 221 pound-feet of torque. This pushes the John Cooper Works Countryman to 7.1 second 0 – 60 mph.
This special edition Mini combines a “race-bred” drivetrain and chassis with an all-wheel drive system that gives it exceptional stability in any driving condition.