Mini's New John Cooper Works EV Set to Storm the Goodwood Festival of Speed

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Mini's New JCW EV to Storm the Hill at GoodwoodBernhard Filser

Mini is re-inventing the Cooper lineup as we speak. After revealing a JCW-trim, all-electric Cooper earlier this year, Mini is taking a prototype version of the first true John Cooper Works performance EV to the Goodwood Festival of Speed to put it through its paces.

Known as the Mini John Cooper Works E Prototype — or as the brand styles it, "E PROtotype" — Mini says this will be the first JCW model to feature an electric powertrain, though it didn't specify the model's battery capacity or power figures. The 2025 Mini Cooper SE JCW featured a 54.2-kWh battery, 215 hp, and 243 lb-ft of torque, so expect this full-throated John Cooper Works version to top those power figures. With an estimated range of 250 miles per charge, Mini is primarily focused on performance and fun, rather than range, with its electric offerings.

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While Mini is debuting its electrified JCW model at Goodwood, its press materials confirm that the future John Cooper Works lineup will include both gasoline and all-electric models. However, it's worth noting that Mini will not offer a manual transmission on future JCW models, according to a statement from vice president of Mini Americas Mike Peyton and global head of Mini product Christian Wehner.


If you're wondering about the camouflage-like livery on the prototype model, Mini is actually paying homage to its own racing history.

"In a nod to MINI’s historic victory of the Mini Cooper S at the 1964 Rallye Monte Carlo 60 years ago, the racecar features a distinctive camouflage designed by the MINI Design Team, and the “37” logo, commemorating this milestone achievement," the press release reads.

While Mini is being a bit coy about its electrified performance model, spectators in-person and online alike will have the chance to see the electrified model prove itself shortly. With the Goodwood Festival of Speed set to start on July 11 and run through July 14, the folks at Mini seem excited to show off their next step forward.

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