With super-wide stances, ultra-rigid bodies and incredibly precise handling, MINI have always felt right at home on the track. In fact, the whole reason MINI models tend to have contrasting roofs is that back in the 60’s it helped them stand out from the pack during races (of course, being out in front usually helped too). Today, our passion for racing lives on, whether it’s supporting amateur owners ready for a bit of out-of-the-ordinary weekend fun or developing world-class racing programs to lead the charge in some of the sport’s most grueling challenges.
Motorsports prowess. It’s earned on the racetrack, but it’s learned at the MINI Performance Driving School, where professional instructors teach participants to unleash a MINI’s racing soul.
The MINI John Cooper Works Team may have started the 2017 season behind the pack, but after a 4-hour endurance race they took the checkered flag at Daytona, ahead of some of the world’s premier sports cars. Not that we’re surprised. When you drive the indomitable MINI John Cooper Works Hardtop 2 Door and you have the expertise, heritage, and spirit of John Cooper on your side, being the underdog is a welcome challenge.
From 2012 to 2015, MINI Motorsports teams took home the trophy from the perilous Dakar Rally. A second-place finish in 2016 broke our streak, but not our will. The MINI John Cooper Works Rally team returns to Dakar 2017 as the challenger, and to dominate the 5,500 miles of inhospitable terrain, they’re helming a formidable new rally car based on the 2017 MINI Countryman.
Watch it kick up some serious dust in this exclusive, 360-degree drone experience.
In the 1960s, racing legend John Cooper transformed a humble classic Mini into a giant-slaying rally demon. Now, we've patnered with LAP Motorsports and a team of internationally proven drivers to tackle the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge with the newest MINI John Cooper Works Hardtop 2 Door – the most powerful MINI Hardtop we’ve ever built. The teams will even be honoring our rich racing heritage with a pair of iconic racing numbers – 37 & 52 – badges that also adorned 2 MINI that won the renowned Monte Carlo Rally.The JCW Team
Yes, the MINI Motorsports teams have won the grueling Dakar Rally five years in a row. But if racing over ice, snow, tarmac and rocky roads is more of your thing, check out our World Rally Championship teams. They’ve run the MINI John Cooper Works WRC (also based on the MINI Countryman) to top finishes in rallies of the FIA World Rally Championship, one of the toughest motorsport competitions in the world. Liam Dorian has even hammered his WRC-spec AWD Countryman to a gold medal at the 2013 X-Games in Munich.
We don’t only play in the dirt. You can also find us leading the way on tracks around the world. For example, when Robbie Davis and his modified MINI Cooper, brought home the Pirelli World Challenge Championship on behalf of the MINI of Charleston Racing Team and the whole MINI Motorsports family. Congrats!Read More
If you want to see a pack of ferociously race-tuned MINI models torching the track, check out MINI Challenge. Since its launch in 2004, the MINI clubsport racing series has expanded to Argentina, Germany, Italy, Switzerland and the UK. If you’re looking to add a healthy dose of adrenaline to your weekends, the Sports Car Club of America will not only let you spectate – but participate. With events on multiple surfaces for amateurs and professionals, and a contingency dedicated to MINI Owners, it’s well worth checking out an SCCA event near you.
You can win cash prizes racing a MINI in amateur or professional competitions through the MINI Motoring Awards Program. It’s just a little extra incentive for MINI owners to get out there and give racing a go. Not that the sheer fun and adrenaline rush of pressing a MINI through a closed course isn’t already enough.awards program details
Every MINI is equipped with the tools and the attitude to tackle the track, but we’ve got a few special tune-ups for the committed. John Cooper Works performance parts, rims and tires heighten all of your MINI’s senses – improving stability, reducing shock, tightening handling – giving you more control over the glorious machine at your disposal.shop john cooper works