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Mini to Unveil Electric John Cooper Works Prototype at Goodwood Festival of Speed

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Mini will debut a prototype of the new Mini John Cooper Works with electric drive at the upcoming Goodwood Festival of Speed in July. This move signals a significant shift for the brand, known traditionally for its powerful combustion engine variants under the JCW label.

According to a press release, the “Mini John Cooper Works E PROtotype” represents a milestone in Mini’s innovation and commitment to electromobility, featuring advanced electric drive technology and a distinctive design.

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The production version, named the Mini John Cooper Works E, is slated for a later unveiling this year, although specific technical details have yet to be disclosed.

However, Mini has indicated that the electric JCW model will surpass the power output of the current Cooper SE, which stands at 160 kW. Previous generation combustion models under the JCW badge have achieved outputs ranging from 170 kW to 225 kW in the GP version launched in 2020.

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In the current generation, Mini’s collaboration with Great Wall has already produced the Cooper S with a four-cylinder petrol engine delivering 150 kW, hinting at potentially higher performance levels for future JCW versions available with both electric and petrol engines. Details regarding the battery specifications for the John Cooper Works E are expected to be revealed closer to its global debut.

Mini distinguishes its “John Cooper Works” sports variant from the “John Cooper Works Trim” equipment line, which is already available for the Cooper E and Cooper SE models, offering sporty design elements inside and out.

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The full-fledged JCW models promise not only a sporty aesthetic but also enhanced power and a dynamically tuned chassis, though specific modifications for the electric version have not been detailed yet.

The Goodwood Festival of Speed has become a premier platform for automakers to showcase new models and prototypes, filling the void left by traditional motor shows like the IAA or Paris Motor Show in the UK.

This year’s event will continue the trend, following past showcases such as Porsche’s introduction of the Taycan and Volkswagen’s record-setting run with the ID.R electric racing car at the iconic Hill Climb.

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