Last October, Mini unveiled a special edition model called the WC50, short for World Championship 50, to celebrate the birth of the Mini brand and John Cooper’s Formula 1 title. Production was originally capped at 250 units and sales were limited to Europe. Reports now indicate that, since production has been doubled, 50 of these special Minis are headed to the States.
Reportedly, the cars are headed to this side of the pond because of U.S. Mini dealers’ interest in the car. Mini USA began asking U.S. dealerships if they’d be interested and made a decision to import 50 WC50s, all of which are heading to dealerships that specifically requested the car. If 50 of these Minis are actually headed to the States, that would make it the rarest Mini model ever in the States — even rarer than the lease-only Mini E.
Although only 50 WC50 Minis may come to the U.S., pricing for the car is reported to be extremely aggressive. With all the options standard on this car (convenience package, cold weather package, full Bluetooth preparation with USB audio, Harmon Kardon sound system, navigation, along with a few others), the price of a “regular” Mini Cooper S with JCW parts easily tops $40,000. Incredibly, the WC50 is said to cost $40,300 including destination.
As the Mini WC50 is meant in part to celebrate John Cooper’s Formula 1 title, it is only fitting that the Mini Cooper John Cooper Works edition should be used as the base for the WC50. As such it features the same 211-horsepower version of the turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine seen in the Mini Cooper JCW Challenge. The engine also retains the same 192 pound-feet of torque as the stock engine and includes an overboost function to boost torque to up to 206 pound-feet of torque for a brief amount of time.
Although the powertrain is largely the same as a stock Mini JCW, the exterior and interior of the car feature many WC50 exclusives. The exterior of all the WC50s is done in a unique Connaught green, which looks to be Mini’s name for matte British Racing Green. Along with the exclusive paint, the WC50 has a full JCW carbon fiber package that includes the hood scoop, door handles, mirror caps, tailgate handle, and rear diffuser. The JCW aerodynamic kit, 17-inch black aluminum-alloy wheels, bi-xenon headlights, and hood stripes complete the exterior.
Inside the car, the carbon fiber theme continues as the interior trim is all carbon fiber. The seats are done in black with red piping as well as the handbrake and gearshift lever. The interior also features a John Cooper signature plaque with the car’s production number to mark its authenticity.
The Mini Cooper JCW WC50 is said to be coming here beginning in April.
Source: Motoring File