Fastest Mini in the Middle East?

There are a fair few John Cooper Works Minis in the UAE, whether R56 Hardtops such as mine, Coupe’s, Countrymans, Pacemen and even one or two GP2’s, however I very much doubt they would match up to Jeff Sargent’s 2013 Chilli Pepper JCW.

Jeff bought his R56 John Cooper Works last year and has been steadily modifying it over the last few months. He brought Chilli Pepper along to the last Mini Club Dubai Roadtrip to Hatta but has made a few “minor” modifications since.


Current specifications for Chilli Pepper are a Stage 3 Remap, Akrapovic Exhaust (standard downpipe, as it would fail the emissions test in USA), Carbon Fibre Exhaust tips, Wagner Front Mounted Intercooler, GP2 rear diffuser and Mini OEM retrofit daytime running lights. All fitted and dyno’d at PPPerformance in Abu Dhabi.

Carbon Fibre Tips on Akrapovic Exhaust system for R56 JCW

Carbon Fibre Tips on Akrapovic Exhaust system for R56 JCW

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Akrapovic Exhaust with Carbon Fibre Tips

Akrapovic Exhaust with Carbon Fibre Tips

Current output is now 278 BHP (vs standard 211) and 315Nm or torque. Now the standard JCW is no slouch, however when Jeff asked me if I wanted to take Chilli Pepper for a spin, I couldn’t refuse.

PPPerformance tuning Jeff's JCW

PPPerformance tuning Jeff’s JCW

278 BHP and 315 Nm torque

278 BHP and 315 Nm torque

After a drive around Yas Island, we went out into the desert to find some quiet roads to get some panning shots, not ideal shooting conditions at midday, however did get a couple.

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I must admit to excessive use of profanity firstly when he zoomed off and left my Pocket JCW for dead and secondly when I took Chilli Pepper for a brief spin. The power going through those front wheels was immense. No stopwatches handy I’m afraid but needless to say damned fast and smooth as well. Top speed, I could not possibly comment.

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

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I did advise him to upgrade the standard JCW 4 pot Brembo’s  to the 6 pot Brembo’s that come with the GP2. He is also looking to upgrade to adjustable coilovers and new panel filter in the future as well.


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This monster Mini is sadly leaving these shores to accompany Jeff to the USA next month, but hopefully he and Chilli Pepper will return in the future. For quotations on the modifications made, contact PPPerformance in Abu Dhabi or their authorised dealer in Dubai, Simon Motorsport.






4 thoughts on “Fastest Mini in the Middle East?

  1. Samer Karam

    Hi Guys, I just recently acquired an identical (base) vehicle and I am very much interested in replicating Jeff’s modifications (visual & performance) as well as the extra recommendations that you have made (6 pot Brembos, etc…), can you help?

    • donohof

      Hi Samer

      Jeff’s John Cooper Works R56 Hardtop, has a Stage 3 ecu remap (completed at PPPerformance in Abu Dhabi), daytime running lights and GP2 Rear Diffuser (from Abu Dhabi Motors Mini, direct OEM parts order from Germany) Wagner Front Mounted Intercooler (which is essential for a remapped Mini) Akropovic Exhaust system (fitted at PPPerformance with Carbon Fibre Tips). Otherwise standard.

  2. MFS

    Guys how much does the akrapovic worth ? I need one for my jcw

    • donohof

      Hi, try giving Akrapovic a call in Abu Dhabi (Mohamed Riyas) on +971 558048456 he will give you a quote

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