GP owners manual online

Gabe Bridgers MotoringFile today put up a downloadable copy of the MCS JCW GP car manual (in four languages: German, English, Spanish and Italian).

Just in case it is taken down again, I’ve mirrored it.

Highlights include:
The MINI Cooper S with John Cooper Works GP Kit is a two-seated compact car. It combines lightweight construction, e.g. aluminium chassis components, with driving dynamism. Vehicle design centred on agile handling characteristics and high driving stability.

The ground effects result in considerably limited ground clearance.

Two additional storage compartments are underneath the luggage-compartment floor panel, right behind the seats.

Do not put the MINI COOPER S with John Cooper Works GP Kit through any automatic car wash, otherwise the rear
spoiler and tailgate will be damaged. Do not use a steam jet or high-pressure washer to clean the roof area carrying the serial number or the rear spoiler connection to the rear window, otherwise damage could occur.

Maximum speed 150 mph.

The GP booklet

I visited MINI of Peabody today and was given a couple of copies of the US MINI Cooper S with John Cooper Works HP kit booklets, which I have scanned and put in a gallery:

The booklet describes the exterior (remodelled front and rear aprons, side skirts, new rear wing spoiler, 218 horsepower, 18″ light alloy wheels, thunder blue metallic paint with pure silver contrast roof), the interior (anthracite speedometer and rev counter dials with red needle), seating (Grey / Panther black cloth / leather with red stitching, adjustable thigh support, built-in heating, and no rear seats), equipment list (aero kit, a/c, DSC, JCW kit with 16″ breaks [sic], LSD, sports suspension, 18″ light allow rims, on-board computer, CD player radio with MFSW, anthracite interior) and technical data (weight 2649lb, max power 215hp+/-, max torque 180ft lbs @ 4500rpm, max speed >146, fuel consumption 24.7/38.0)

It’s interesting to compare this with the one from England – they are mostly identical but the English version has a few differences, including different units for the technical specs (218 hp UK compared with 215 SAE hp, 245 Nm torque UK compared with 180 ft lbs, etc).
Most significantly, the English car gets Recaro sports seats, not available in USA due to tighter airbag laws.

Also the English booklet doesn’t have the “breaks”/”brakes” typo!


This summer, the MINI Takes the States rally will begin in California following the Monterey Historic Automobile Races and end 3,123 miles across the country at the Lime Rock Vintage Festival in Connecticut

Woodcliff Lake, NJ – May 22, 2006… MINI USA today announced MINI Takes the States, a two-week cross country road trip open to MINI owners and enthusiasts that will kick off on August 21 at the Monterey Historic Automobile Races in Monterey California and end on September 4 at the Lime Rock Vintage Festival in Lakeville, Connecticut.

MINI Takes the States is being held to celebrate MINI’s vibrant owner community, the launch of the MINI Cooper S with the John Cooper Works Kit (“MINI GP”) and the fact that The Cooper Car Company is the featured marque at the Monterey weekend. In contrast to MINI’s size, the event has a cheeky, secondary tag line of “The 2006 MINI TransAmerican Motortastic Road Trip To End All Road Trips Rally”.

Inside information

Can’t say where this info is from!

A bit of GP news: cars are being built now and the rate of production is increasing nicely and according to plan, about 60 cars are about ready to ship, with a further 100 in the pipeline, the ramp up of numbers is increasing as the parts and processes become better aquainted with the Italians at Bertone or is it the other way around ?

Initial reports are good on the QA side, and as these are effectively hand built there is a lot of good work going in to make them very well indeed. The interesting thing is that the engines with all the JCW mods and electronic tweaks are putting out around 225HP on the rigs, but that is using top grade unleaded fuel which is not always available in some parts of the world so that is why the car is being touted at 218HP. The techies say that in cool weather and using premium octane gas 230HP should be easily attainable

Mike Cooper at Monterey

According to this NorthAmericanMotoring post from Gary / Cooprd:
… executives from MINI and Michael Cooper, son of John Cooper and principal in John Cooper Works will be introducing the MINI Cooper S John Cooper Works GP car, the most powerful production MINI on the road. Lucky buyers of the first 45 GP cars in the United States will be taking delivery of their cars during the event directly from Michael Cooper and Jim McDowell, head of MINI USA

Actually, there is information on this even earlier in the NAM thread, back on April 5th:
… one event taking place on Saturday would have the president of MINI and Michael Cooper would be delivering the first 45 JCW Grand Prix models in the United States to buyers who have already ordered them as part of the ceremonies on Saturday …