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.