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By Ketan Patel

AC Schnitzer RAPTOR 2012 Review

I believe that every car enthusiast out there is excited when a small production-car is adopted by a tuning company in order to make it powerful enough to compete with the bigger names in the sports car industry. Such is the case with the AC Schnitzer RAPTOR 2012, the small MINI which stole the spotlight at the Hockenheimring circuit this year, where 25 tuners rounded up and battled against each other for the best lap times.

The RAPTOR is based on the MINI John Cooper Works Coupe and thanks to AC Schnitzer's engineers the small MINI was able to perform astonishingly against other names out there like Ferrari, Koenigsegg or Porsche.

Thanks to an increase in power from 155 kW/211 PS to 221 kW/300 PS, as well as a new sport exhaust system, a new suspension featuring adjustable height and the weight being reduced by more than 100 kg the RAPTOR was able to achieve the lap time of 1:10.87 min. That's a pretty big performance boost when compared with the last year's AC Schnitzer EAGLE based on the Mini Cooper which achieved a lap time of 1:12.3 min.

But let's face it; you want to hear the lap times of other sports cars that are legendary for their performance on the circuit. Well, the list is pretty long but some of the more notable brands and lap times are:

- BMW M3 GTS - 1:12.5 min.

- Porsche 911 Carrera S - 1:14.3 min.

- Porsche 911 Turbo S - 1:10.9 min.

- Porsche 911 GTS - 1:12.9 min.

- Ford GT- 1:14.1 min.

- Koenigsegg CCR - 1:09.8 min.

- Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera - 1:10.9 min.

- Ferrari Challenge Stradale – 1:13.0 min.

So there you have it, AC Schnitzer were able to make the MINI Cooper Coupe faster than the Ferrari Challenge Stradale, the Ford GT and the Porsche 911 Carrera S, just to name a few. You might wonder how is it possible for a 100 kg lighter Mini Coupe to get such high performances with the help of a bit of extra HP and a new exhaust system but truth of the matter is, that's not all there is to it. The AC Schnitzer engineers claimed that the RAPTOR has been tuned up in all areas of the vehicle in order to fully optimize it for "efficient performance". It's quite a feat and since the tuner seems like is able to raise the bar by so much with each passing year, we're quite eager to see what they'll have in store for us in 2013.

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The fastest MINI comes from Aachen once again:
The new concept vehicle AC Schnitzer RAPTOR
With the sensational time of 1:10.87 mins, the new concept vehicle "AC Schnitzer
RAPTOR" (based on the MINI John Cooper Works Coupé) completed the
Hockenheimring lap and put the competition in its place in a direct comparison.
One basis of evaluation in vehicle tests, time and time again, is lap times on the world
famous small circuit in Hockenheim. The 300 HP/221 kW powerful AC Schnitzer
RAPTOR has catapulted itself into the premier league of real sports cars with its lap time
of 1:10.87 mins.
Once again in 2012, the "Tuner Grand Prix" hosted by "sport auto" magazine on the
Hockenheimring played a major role in AC Schnitzer's schedule. The time had finally
arrived on the Pentecost weekend: 25 tuners battled for the best lap times in 16 classes.
The new RAPTOR (based on the MINI John Cooper Works Coupé) concept vehicle
impressively put the competition in its place and circuited the small track in Hockenheim
in a sensational time. The RAPTOR was an astonishing 1.11 seconds quicker than the
fastest MINI from the previous year: the AC Schnitzer EAGLE (based on the MINI John
Cooper Works).
Not only the competition paid respect to the "little Aachener": the "sport auto" editorial
team gave the RAPTOR an individual test there and then and was able to improve the
lap time by another 0.32 seconds to a fabulous time of 1:10.87.
The successful concept behind the unsalable study is quickly explained: all areas of the
vehicle have been optimised by technicians and engineers with respect to "efficient
performance" in the development of the AC Schnitzer RAPTOR.
The engine power has been increased from 155 kW/211 PS to 221 kW/300 PS and the
whole exhaust system renewed at the same time. The vehicle weight was simultaneously
reduced by more than 100 kg, which means the AC Schnitzer RAPTOR introduces the
feel of much more agility and more driving pleasure. The sport chassis with adjustable
height and the AC Schnitzer lightweight metal rims Mi2 in 18" are the icing on the cake
for driving dynamics and aesthetics.
Perfect performance, perfect dynamics and perfect driving pleasure
with less CO2 emissions per HP
Efficient Performance by AC Schnitzer

The AC Schnitzer RAPTOR and its competitors in the tests organised by
trade magazine "sport auto" on the Race Circuit in Hockenheim
AC Schnitzer RAPTOR (on sports tyres): 1:10.87 min.
AC Schnitzer EAGLE (on sports tyres): 1:12.3 min.
Schaefer MINI Cooper S Clubsport (on sports tyres): 1:13.0 min.
MINI John Cooper Works Challenge (on slicks): 1:13.9 min.
Arden MINI AM3 (on sports tyres): 1:16.0 min.
MINI John Cooper Works Coupé: 1:19.1 min.
Koenigsegg CCR: 1:09.8 min.
Pagani Zonda F: 1:10.8 min.
AC Schnitzer RAPTOR (on sports tyres): 1:10.87 min.
Mercedes SLS AMG: 1:10.8 min.
Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera: 1:10.9 min.
Porsche 911 Turbo S: 1:10.9 min.
Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano (on sports tyres): 1:12.0 min.
BMW M3 GTS (on sports tyres): 1:12.5 min.
BMW M5: 1:12.9 min.
Porsche 911 GTS: 1:12.9 min.
Ferrari Challenge Stradale (on sports tyres): 1:13.0 min.
Ford GT: 1:14.1 min.
BMW 1 series M Coupé: 1:14.1 min.
Porsche 911 Carrera S: 1:14.3 min.
Ferrari 575 Maranello: 1:14.7 min.


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