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AC Schnitzer Builds The Eagle - The Fastest JCW Ever

AC Schnitzer's latest project is the "MINI Eagle," which it claims is the fastest MINI John Cooper Works ever built. Performance and visual aspects of the car were changed and then it was videotaped being driven around the Hockenheim Circuit.

Looking at the Eagle one sees anti-roll bars, a carbon fiber body kit, which includes a carbon bonnet plus carbon wings and doors, a set of 18 inch Mi2 BiColor wheels wrapped in 225/35 ZR 18 tires and race-specific graphics. Performance upgrades include a new turbocharger and intercooler, a new sports clutch and a limited slip differential, a lightweight ion battery plus AC Schnitzer's Motronic program, astainless steel exhaust sytem with racing catalyst, along with a new racing suspension and a 'Short Shift' transmission.

The car hosts 260 horsepower and 340 Nm (250 lb.ft.) of torque instead of the stock 201 horsepower and 280 Nm (205 lb.ft.). 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) acceleration time is 5.8 seconds, down from the stock JCW's 6.5. Top speed has also increased from 148 mph (238 km/h) to 155 mph (250 km/h).

During testing on the Hockenheim GP circuit, the MINI Eagle managed to achieve a lap time of 1:13.341 min, which boosted it to the big boys’ league. This means that only the X-Bow, M3 Kompressor, Mercedes AMG and Caterham are able to beat it.

Despite the fact that AC Schnitzer have evaluated the project at EUR62,000, they say the MINI Eagle is not for sale.

Check out the track footage:

[Source: autoevolution]