AC Schnitzer has been a competent technology partner for all MINI models since 2001 – with the start of the first, “new” generation. The AC Schnitzer ranges for the models include performance upgrades, exhaust solutions, tailpipes, intercoolers, suspensions and spring kits, rims and wheel sets with the AC1 alloy wheels, a front splitter and accessories for the interior.
Despite or perhaps of our extensive know-how, we offer an AC Schnitzer range for the limited edition “Super-MINI”, the MINI John Cooper Works GP (F56), which sets very special accents and concentrates on the driving dynamics of the exceptional athlete to make it even sportier and more controllable.
The AC Schnitzer RS Clubsport coilover suspension was developed and tuned in close cooperation with our partner KW. It is infinitely height-adjustable, adjustable in rebound and compression damping and has an adjustable support bearing on the front axle. It lowers the MINI JCW GP by approx. 30 – 40 mm, which results in a lowering of the vehicle’s centre of gravity, and also enables variable camber adjustment on the front axle. Ergo, agility and cornering handling are improved.
At the same time, however, great importance was attached to a high residual spring travel, so that a still good ride comfort could be realised parallel to the further sporty development. The suspension was developed exclusively for use on race tracks.
According to the motto: “Traction is the key”, the AC Schnitzer limited slip differential, which is also intended for use in racing, was developed together with Drexler Motorsport for the MINI John Cooper Works GP.
If one side of the drive axle threatens to spin, the mechanical self-locking differential with the necessary variable locking effect directs the “excess” power to the opposite wheel to ensure maximum propulsion. Conversely, the AC Schnitzer limited slip differential also works with the necessary, variable locking effect during braking to keep the rear of the vehicle stable. The setup is precisely tuned to the vehicle in terms of traction (when accelerating) and thrust (when braking).
Thus, the power flow is not interrupted and constant propulsion is ensured in every driving situation. As a result, faster cornering speeds are possible and the vehicle can be steered precisely with the accelerator pedal. This allows the driver to utilise the drive reserves of his car in every situation and to realise optimum driving dynamics. In the front-wheel-drive MINI, steering behaviour also benefits from the AC Schnitzer differential lock, as it is now even more direct.
The dynamic AC Schnitzer package for the MINI John Cooper Works GP is completed with 19-inch wheel sets or rims. The weight-optimised AC Schnitzer AC1 alloy wheels are available in 8.5J x 19″ in BiColor or Anthracite and are fitted with 235/30 R 19 tyres.
The AC Schnitzer pedals and the AC Schnitzer “Black Line” aluminium cover for the iDrive System Controller also provide a sporty upgrade to the look and feel of the interior.