New John Cooper Works to make first appearance at Nürburgring 24

Colin
By Colin Wood
May 20, 2024 | Mini, Nürburgring 24 Hour, John Cooper Works

Photography Courtesy Mini

Ahead of an official debut later this fall, Mini’s all-new John Cooper Works model will be making its first public appearance at the 24 Hours of Nürburgring–not as a static display, however, but as an actual competitor in the race.

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The car, dubbed the “MINI John Cooper Works PRO” and bearing the number 317, will race under the Bulldog Racing banner in SP 3T–a class comprised of turbocharged cars with a displacement of up to 2000cc. (Other entries in this class include a New Beetle RSR, an Audi TTS, a Dacia Logan and a VW Golf TCR.)

While the race car is gas-powered, the new JCW lineup will offer both gas-powered and all-electric models. “A bold move,” says Mini, “developed to push the boundaries of speed and agility."

For more information on this year’s 24 Hours of Nürburgring, set for June 1-2, click here. For more information about Mini, visit miniusa.com.

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JG Pasterjak
JG Pasterjak Production/Art Director
5/20/24 12:25 p.m.

One of the drivers is a Brit named Charles Cooper. Not sure if he's any relation, but he could probably say he was and no one would ever question it.

I'll definitely be loking these guys up next week.

 

Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
5/20/24 1:01 p.m.

Looking over the team's website, Bulldog Racing has also competed with a 6-speed manual JCW Cooper. It finished second in its class.

That's a lot of shifting.

Coniglio Rampante
Coniglio Rampante Reader
5/20/24 1:41 p.m.
JG Pasterjak said:

One of the drivers is a Brit named Charles Cooper. Not sure if he's any relation, but he could probably say he was and no one would ever question it.

I'll definitely be loking these guys up next week.

 

I have the same last name as a former prominent F1 team (several WDC's) from the 1960's - 1990's.  
It never helped me with a girl, and only a few friends were even in the know.   Such was the sporadic coverage of F1 back then on ABC's Wide World of Sports. frown
What a waste of a good name here in the States. wink
 

More on topic, I'm interested to see this car compete on a livestream of the event.  
Also, a New Beetle RSR?!?  That's one that hasn't appeared on my radar.  I'll have to look for it.

So JG, your going back to the event this year?  I really enjoyed your reports last year.

DavyZ
DavyZ Reader
5/20/24 1:44 p.m.

"24 Hours of Nurburgring" has got to be the most punishing race on tarmac, yes?  I guess I never thought about the race before since the 24-hour LeMans race is so historically prevalent and popular.  I think the Nurburgring is known as "The Green Hell", so LeMans would be The Big Fromage" or something I imagine.

JG Pasterjak
JG Pasterjak Production/Art Director
5/20/24 4:30 p.m.
Coniglio Rampante said:
 

So JG, your going back to the event this year?  I really enjoyed your reports last year.

Leaving next Sunday. Hanging with Hyundai again, but I'll be there early as well to peruse the pits and paddock before the crowds show up.

Taking the week afte the race off and my wife is flying over since her school year ended at an opportune time this year. Have another euro-only sporty compact lined up, and this one is worth taking a couple 'ring laps with, so I'll be taking the VBox as well. And, you know, seeing some castles and whatnot while we're chilling. 

J.A. Ackley
J.A. Ackley Senior Editor
5/21/24 8:15 a.m.

Every time I've taken a JCW out, it's been enjoyable. I'm looking forward to seeing what this next gen is like.

J.A. Ackley
J.A. Ackley Senior Editor
5/21/24 8:23 a.m.
JG Pasterjak said:

One of the drivers is a Brit named Charles Cooper. Not sure if he's any relation, but he could probably say he was and no one would ever question it.

I'll definitely be loking these guys up next week.

 

Indeed, that's Charlie Cooper, grandson of the John Cooper.

JG Pasterjak
JG Pasterjak Production/Art Director
5/21/24 10:02 a.m.
J.A. Ackley said:
JG Pasterjak said:

One of the drivers is a Brit named Charles Cooper. Not sure if he's any relation, but he could probably say he was and no one would ever question it.

I'll definitely be loking these guys up next week.

 

Indeed, that's Charlie Cooper, grandson of the John Cooper.

Okay that's rad. They're definitely on my hit list.

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