For some, racing is a hobby. For others it’s a job. But for racing pioneer John Newton Cooper, speed and competition ran through his veins. His legacy lives on in the performance-tuned, barely street-legal MINI John Cooper Works line.
ALL4 all-wheel drive, a 208-hp turbocharged engine and 19-inch alloy wheels.
AKA “High-performance beast mode.”
Starting at $34,850*
With a walloping 208-hp, this Hardtop is a high-performance motoring beast.
Starting at $30,100*
With 208-horsepower, its understated sports car elegance comes across loud and clear.
Starting at $35,700*
With 208 open-top horses and dyno-tuning, we advise against wearing hats or hairpieces during operation.
Starting at $35,300*
A 208-horsepower Clubman is one of the rarest MINIs on the road. Even rarer, is catching up to one.
Starting at $32,300*
With a roaring 208-hp engine and John Cooper Works Aero kit, it’s almost a shame people won’t see you coming.
Starting at $31,350*
A twin-scroll turbocharged engine reduces the stunning exterior to a high-performance blur.
Starting at $35,500*
Add performance tuning & race styling to your Cooper or Cooper S with John Cooper Works Accessories. Handpick tuning kits, chassis upgrades, exterior parts, cockpit elements and more to create your own race-inspired demon.
Son of a mechanic, pioneer of the rear-mounted engine and founder of the Cooper Car Company, John Cooper had three Monte Carlo Rally titles and 16 Grand Prix wins to his name. That name lives on in the MINI John Cooper Works models. Ferocious, street-legal racecars bred for the track and rigorously tuned to the most exacting performance standards. Because just as it was a half-century ago, racing is in our blood.
In 1959, the first Classic Mini was introduced to Britain: an unassuming, inexpensive 4-person “saloon” that didn’t use up a lot of gas or take up much space. And though at first, some people didn’t quite know what to make of this quirky newcomer, other people began to get big ideas.
One of the gentlemen most intrigued by the Classic Mini’s racing potential was the legendary F1 car builder, John Cooper. Already famous for his unique, extremely successful rear-engine F1 designs, it was only natural that an auto company bold enough to defy convention by placing its engine differently (sideways) would impress him.
Cooper immediately recognized that the same features that made the Classic Mini such an innovative people mover – a transverse engine, four wheels pushed out to the corners and minimal size – also gave the car incredible balance, an extremely wide stance and amazing agility. Just the attributes needed to turn it into a small, but ferocious racer.
And so, in 1961, with a few tweaks to the engine, a set of slightly bigger brakes, and a new contrasting roof to make it stand out in the pack, the Classic Mini emerged from the Cooper Car Company garages as the Mini Cooper.
What happened next (much to the dismay of the competition) is that John Cooper’s grand hypothesis was proven correct. The Classic Mini Cooper and Cooper S went on the dominate the 1960’s race scene, winning almost every international competition imaginable, including historic wins at Monte Carlo in 1964, 1965, 1966 and 1967.* And a car for the ages was born.
*In 1966, three Classic Mini Coopers actually took the top three spots, but were disqualified by the hometown French judges on a minor headlight infraction.