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Fastest MINI: JCW Eagle by AC Schnitzer

Source: AC Schnitzer | Published: Thu Jun 16, 2011

With a lap time of 1:13.341 min., the new "AC Schnitzer Eagle" concept vehicle (based on John Cooper Works MINI) showed its competitors a clean pair of heels in a direct comparison around the Hockenheim Circuit.

In vehicle testing, one of the standard bases for assessment is the lap time on the world-famous Grand Prix Circuit in Hockenheim. The 260 hp AC Schnitzer Eagle has muscled its way into the big boys' league of thoroughbred sports cars with a lap time of 1:13.341 min.

In a direct comparison, the AC Schnitzer Eagle was able to leave its class rivals well behind, and some big names as well.

The successful principle behind the concept study (the vehicle is not for sale, indicating it was tuned to the max and likely wouldn't survive for very long as a daily driver) is easy to explain: in the development of the AC Schnitzer Eagle, all areas of the vehicle were optimized by ACS technicians and engineers.

The power of the standard engine was increased from 211 hp to 260 hp and in parallel, the entire exhaust system was replaced. At the same time the vehicle weight was reduced by 176 lbs (80 kg), which means that the AC Schnitzer Eagle gains a perceptible bonus in terms of agility and driving pleasure. The height-adjustable racing suspension and AC Schnitzer alloys Mi2 in 18" give the final touches both aesthetically and in driving dynamics.

The AC Schnitzer Eagle is a concept vehicle which was developed as a technology platform. Its value is 62,000 EUR or $89,000.

Selected times from the test organized by German car magazine "sport auto" on the Grand Prix Circuit in Hockenheim (full times here - in German):

Car Lap Time
AC Schnitzer EAGLE (with sports tires) 1:13.3 min
Ferrari California 1:13.5 min
Mercedes CLK 63 AMG Black Series (with sports tires) 1:13.8 min
Porsche 911 Carerra S 1:14.3 min
BMW M3 (with sports tires) 1:14.3 min
Porsche 911 Turbo 1:14.6 min
Audi RS 4 1:15.4 min
Mercedes C63 AMG 1:15.7 min
BMW Alpina B3 Coupe 1:16.1 min
Audi RS 6 1:17.6 min
Ford Focus RS 1:17.8 min

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