Only four of the limited edition Mini John Cooper Works World Championship 50 will be sold in the Philippines automotive market, and three already have their respective owners.
Mini is producing only 500 units of the Mini John Cooper Works World Championship 50--a car representing Mini's double celebration as it marks its 50th anniversary and the 50th anniversary of John Cooper's first Formula One constructor's championship win in 1959.
The three-door hatchback is based on the top-of-the-line Mini John Cooper Works with the same 1.6-liter, twin-scroll turbocharged engine that pushes out 211hp and up to 280Nm of torque thanks to an overboost feature. This is paired to a straight-laced six-speed manual transmission. The difference lies in the exterior and interior details which, according to British United Automobiles, the exclusive distributor of the Mini brand in the Philippines, showcase "the racing pedigree of the brand."
For starters, it gets the complete John Cooper Works aerodynamics package from the lip spoiler in front all the way to the spoiler on top of the rear hatch as well as jet black John Cooper Works Cross Spoke Challenge light-alloy wheels. Its Connaught Green body color also harks back to the very same one used by John Cooper when he first won the constructor's title in F1. Of course, being a Mini, it also comes with a Pepper White roof and bonnet stripes. The car also gets a lot of carbon fiber kit, like the bonnet scoop, rear diffuser, exterior mirror caps, and the tailgate's handle.
Inside, the color scheme is limited to a Carbon Black interior matched with red accents on the knee-rolls and armrests as well as red stitching on the floor mats, gearlever and handbrake gaiters. Carbon fiber trim also makes its way inside via the dashboard's fascia and door grip finishers.
Each of the Mini John Cooper Works World Championship 50 which will be sold globally comes with a framed certificate of authenticity signed by John Michael Cooper, John Cooper's son who actually inspired the development of the car. His signature on one bonnet stripe and on a plaque on the dashboard's fascia also adds to the exclusivity while special numbering on the side scuttles finishers identifies each Mini John Cooper Works World Championship 50 as an individual entity of a very limited series.
The units which you may soon see on Philippine roads are marked with the numbers 018, 278, 280, and 388.
British United Automobiles vice president Michael Cua said the Philippine market was initially allotted only two models but they had managed to convince the BMW Group, which owns the Mini brand, to make it four. Of the four models, three have been sold and they are only waiting for the confirmation from the client who is eyeing the fourth one.
"We're lucky really because some countries like Thailand didn't get any while Singapore only got two. America, which is Mini's biggest market, got 50," Cua said.
Cua declined to divulge the price of the Mini John Cooper Works World Championship 50 but said "it costs less than P5 million" but another source from the company revealed the limited edition car sells for P4.7 million.
"We have two buyers who actually are only going to display this car in their house," Cua said. "They both have the Mini Cooper S so those will be their everyday cars while the Mini John Cooper Works World Championship 50 they'll only put on display."