World's Fastest MINI

Robert Farago
by Robert Farago
worlds fastest mini

Gentlemen racers will be delighted to hear that MINI is thinking about, going to, we'll tell you tomorrow during the OFFICIAL LAUNCH, run a MINI Challenge race series stateside, And here's the chariot its participants will be flogging: the MINI John Cooper Works Challenge MINI. The world's fastest factory-authorized, non-street legal MINI boasts 208 horses @ 6000 rpm, with an extremely useful 192 ft.-lbs. of torque @ 2000 to 5100 rpm. She'll top out at 147 mph and offers a delightful overboost feature. In race trim, the extra oomph lasts 15 seconds. As MINI never met an accessory it didn't want to sell at an enormous profit, look for some of the race mods to make their way into the street iterations. If they're not there already.

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  • BlueBrat BlueBrat on Mar 19, 2008

    I honestly don't think the Mini handles as well as the Miata. That's just my unqualified opine after having owned a Miata, and driven the latest incarnations of both vehicles. So I just don't see a point of this power in such a vehicle, or is the suspension beefed up on this?

  • Nicodemus Nicodemus on Mar 20, 2008

    World's fastest Mini? Big call..Minis have been raced for nearly fifty years with some pretty hairy mods on occasion.

  • Juniper Juniper on Mar 20, 2008

    If they would just make it street legal!! The Miata probably does handle better. But, it is a low power roadster and the MINI is a high powered coupe. Apples and Oranges. The difference is how far apart are the corners?

  • Joeaverage Joeaverage on Mar 20, 2008

    I;m going to have a Mini someday... Damn nice small car with some style!