The AC Schnitzer RAPTOR based on MINI Coupé John Cooper Works

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 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 small 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 video gallery

"AC Schnitzer RAPTOR - The fastest MINI comes from Aachen" - total playing time: approx. 3:38 min.

"AC Schnitzer RAPTOR - The Fastest MINI" total playing time: approx. 3:19 min.


The image gallery


"Schnitzer shows, what is possible with a Mini - an extreme, unique racing machine"

Comparison test AC Schnitzer RAPTOR and MINI JCW GP, Auto Bild sportscars, issue 09-2013, German - 6 pages

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"[AC Schnitzer] really plucked a rabbit out of the hat with the new MINI JCW Coupe this year. His average lap time of 1 min 11.647 sec was by far the fastest ever for a MINI here, and deep in M3 territory."

AC Schnitzer RAPTOR at the Tuning GP
9tro Magazine
Edition 07-2012, English - 6 pages 

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