The Monte Carlo Rally is one of the toughest stages in the World Rally Championship (WRC) calendar. But more than 50 years ago, Paddy Hopkirk managed to beat the odds and win the event driving a Mini Cooper S, all while competing against far more powerful cars.
Today, Mini is celebrating that win with this new 2021 Mini Paddy Hopkirk Edition – available on the Cooper S 3-door, Cooper 5-door, and the John Cooper Works (JCW) models.
As a tribute to the original Cooper S driven by the Northern Irish pilot in 1964, all Paddy Hopkirk Edition models are finished in Chili Red paint paired with a white roof. There are also large “37” decals on both doors, creating a visual link between the rally-winning vehicle. Black 17-inch or 18-inch wheels are available to choose from. Meanwhile, a white hood stripe features Hopkirk's signature and "33 EJB" graphics (the winning car's registration number). The JCW models get a pair of grille-mounted fog lights for the proper rally look.
Inside, owners of the Paddy Hopkirk Edition get an Alcantara-trimmed JCW steering wheel and piano black trim. Hopkirk's signature also appears on the sill plate and a panel on the passenger dashboard. The rest of the standard features will be carried over and nearly all optional extra can be added.
Despite honoring a rally-winning model, the Paddy Hopkirk is mechanically unchanged from a standard Cooper. Under the hood, the Cooper S variant uses a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine which produces 192 PS and 280 Nm torque. The JCW model also packs a 2.0-liter turbo but makes more power at 231 PS with 320 Nm of torque. Customers can then choose between a six-speed manual or a 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox.
Hopefully, we get to see a few owners of the Paddy Hopkirk take their Mini out for a spin at their local rally and dirt tracks, but it's unlikely they would.