Thursday, June 16, 2011

The fastest MINI comes from Aachen : the AC Schnitzer Eagle

AC Schnitzer MINI Eagle

With a sensational 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. Only the very big names with a far more engine power on board, such as the X-Bow, M3 Kompressor, Mercedes AMG and Caterham were able to beat the "little rocket" AC Schnitzer Eagle based on the John Cooper Works MINI.

The successful principle behind the concept study (not for sale) is easy to explain: in the development of the AC Schnitzer Eagle, all areas of the vehicle were optimised by our technicians and engineers for "Efficient Performance".

The power of the standard engine was increased from 155 kW/211 HP to 191 kW/260 HP and in parallel, the entire exhaust system was replaced. At the same time the vehicle weight was reduced by 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 € 62,000.00.

AC Schnitzer EAGLE - Technical Data :

Base vehicle: John Cooper Works MINI
Efficient Performance: Converted to EfficientDynamics AC Schnitzer performance upgrade

AC Schnitzer EAGLE


Power (kW/HP)

191 / 260

155 / 211

at speed (rpm)



Max. torque (Nm)


260 / 280*

at speed (rpm)



V max (km/h)



0 - 100 km/h (s)



* Overboost
  • AC Schnitzer Motronic program
  • AC Schnitzer turbo
  • AC Schnitzer intercooler
  • AC Schnitzer sports clutch
  • AC Schnitzer limited slip differential
  • AC Schnitzer lightweight ion battery
Exhaust :
  • AC Schnitzer stainless steel exhaust system with racing catalyst
Gear selection :
  • AC Schnitzer "Short Shift" Racing shorter gear selection
Suspension :
  • AC Schnitzer racing suspension, height-adjustable
  • AC Schnitzer special antiroll bars
Body :
  • 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 Grey", matt
  • Carbon roof spoiler
Steering : AC Schnitzer sports steering wheel

Interior :
  • AC Schnitzer roll cage
  • AC Schnitzer carbon racing bucket seats with EAGLE Logo
  • AC Schnitzer "Short Shift" gear knob
  • AC Schnitzer aluminium foot rests and pedals
  • AC Schnitzer "Black Line" handbrake handle
  • AC Schnitzer foot mats, velours with EAGLE Logo
Wheels :
  • AC Schnitzer Mi2 BiColor wheels
  • 7.5J x 18" with tyres 225/35 ZR 18

Video : ACS Eagle showed its competitors a clean pair of heels in a direct comparison around the Hockenheim Circuit.

Images : AC Schnitzer MINI Eagle



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