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AC Schnitzer RAPTOR is the fastest MINI [video]

Saying you've got the fastest MINI is quite a bold claim to make. But somehow, after looking at the results of the 2012 Tuner Grand Prix hosted by Sport Auto magazine, it doesn't seem so unbelievable. And that's exactly the claim the German BMW tuner AC Schnitzer has made after turning over a very respectable lap time for their AC Schnitzer Raptor.

Based on the MINI JCW Coupe, the Raptor achieved a fastest lap time of 1:10.87 on the world famous Hockenheim circuit. That's 1.11 seconds quicker than the fastest MINI from the previous year, which was also their very own AC Schnitzer Eagle based on the MINI JCW. This lap time placed it in the company of real sports cars such as the Pagani Zonda F while beating out a Ferrari 599 GTB and a Porsche 911 GTS.

The Raptor's engine power has been increased from 211 PS (155 kW / 208 bhp) to 300 PS (221 kW / 296 bhp) thanks to new engine management, turbo and intercooler as well as a stainless steel exhaust system with racing catalyst. Other items include a sport clutch, limited slip differential and lightweight ion battery. Naturally, a racing suspension was added with antiroll bars and a roll cage while weight savings were made with carbon fiber components used in place of the hood, door panels, luggage lid, rear diffuser and rear wing.

AC Schnitzer says the Raptor is a concept vehicle developed as a technology platform. Its value is 62,000 euros.

The fastest MINI comes from Aachen once again:
The new concept vehicle AC Schnitzer RAPTOR

With the sensational time of 1:10.87 mins, the new concept vehicle "AC Schnitzer RAPTOR" (based on the MINI John Cooper Works Coupé) completed the Hockenheimring lap and put the competition in its place in a direct comparison.

One basis of evaluation in vehicle tests, time and time again, is lap times on the world famous Grand Prix circuit in Hockenheim. The 300 HP/221 kW powerful AC Schnitzer RAPTOR has catapulted itself into the premier league of real sports cars with its lap time of 1:10.87 mins.

Once again in 2012, the "Tuner Grand Prix" hosted by "sport auto" magazine on the Hockenheimring played a   major role in AC Schnitzer's schedule. The time had finally arrived on the Pentecost weekend: 25 tuners battled for the best lap times in 16 classes.

The new RAPTOR (based on the MINI John Cooper Works Coupé) concept vehicle impressively put the competition  in its place and circuited the Grand Prix track in Hockenheim in a sensational time. The RAPTOR was an astonishing 1.11 seconds quicker than the fastest MINI from the previous year: the AC Schnitzer EAGLE (based on
the MINI John Cooper Works).

Not only the competition paid respect to the "little Aachener": the "sport auto" editorial team gave the RAPTOR an individual test there and then and was able to improve the lap time by another 0.32 seconds to a fabulous time of 1:10.87.

The successful concept behind the unsalable study is quickly explained: all areas of the vehicle have been optimised by technicians and engineers with respect to "efficient performance" in the development of the AC Schnitzer RAPTOR.

The engine power has been increased from 155 kW/211 PS to 221 kW/300 PS and the whole exhaust system renewed at the same time. The vehicle weight was simultaneously reduced by more than 100 kg, which means the AC Schnitzer RAPTOR introduces the feel of much more agility and more driving pleasure. The sport chassis with adjustable height and the AC Schnitzer lightweight metal rims Mi2 in 18" are the icing on the cake for driving dynamics and aesthetics.

Perfect performance, perfect dynamics and perfect driving pleasure with less CO2 emissions per HP.

AC Schnitzer Motronic program
AC Schnitzer turbo
AC Schnitzer intercooler
AC Schnitzer sports clutch
AC Schnitzer limited slip differential
AC Schnitzer lightweight ion battery
AC Schnitzer stainless steel exhaust system with racing catalyst

AC Schnitzer racing suspension, height-adjustable
AC Schnitzer special antiroll bars

AC Schnitzer carbon bonnet
AC Schnitzer carbon boot
AC Schnitzer carbon rear diffuser
AC Schnitzer carbon sports wings, left / right
AC Schnitzer carbon doors
AC Schnitzer macrolon panels
AC Schnitzer special paintwork "Racing Silver", matt

AC Schnitzer Sportlenkrad

AC Schnitzer sports steering wheel

AC Schnitzer roll cage
AC Schnitzer carbon racing bucket seats with RAPTOR logo
AC Schnitzer "Short Shift" gear knob
AC Schnitzer aluminium foot rest and pedals
AC Schnitzer "Black Line" handbrake handle
AC Schnitzer foot mats, velours

AC Schnitzer Mi2 BiColor wheels
7.5J x 18" with tyres 225/35 ZR 18

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Comments (3)

 EMBJATI85 EMBJATI85
i always wanted to swap the n54 in a mini
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June 17, 2012 11:10 pm
 alihijazi alihijazi
I'm a fan of small cars with powerful mechanics; and this one I like it too much
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June 15, 2012 7:52 am
 hajime1990 hajime1990
not bad. id love to have it in a mini convertible.
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June 14, 2012 9:56 pm