The Story of MINI British Racing Green
Ask anyone which colour comes to mind when they think of MINI and they’ll likely answer, “that dark green”. But how did “British Racing Green” become part of the history of motor racing, and why does it remain inextricably linked to MINI today?
The birth of a legend
Let’s go back to 1902 when it was England’s first time to host the prestigious Gordon Bennet Motor Cup (the predecessor to today’s Grand Prix). Despite the excitement, they soon ran into a problem. The national speed limit was just 12mph – which was a snail’s pace, even back then.
So, they moved the race to Ireland, a country free from speed limits but rich with glorious greenery. And according to legend, British racers painted their cars in homage to the green isle for hosting the race. British Racing Green (or BRG) was born.
One way to the fast lane
Fast forward a few decades, and British Racing Green could be seen at many major racing events. In 1959 and 1960, Jack Brabham secured the Formula 1 title in two cars built by John Cooper, the designer of the Mini Cooper. No prizes for guessing their colour. Another famous victory was John Love in 1962 when his (BRG) car won the British Saloon Car Championships.
Over the years, MINI has subtly tweaked British Racing Green to become lighter, brighter, and fresher, without losing its instant familiarity and rich history. They also introduced ‘Rebel Green’, a darker shade that maintains the style and authenticity of the racetrack.
And it seemed only fitting to celebrate six decades of working with the Cooper family by launching a special edition model in tribute to John Cooper himself. It was, you guessed it, British Racing Green, with unique white racing stripes down the bonnet.
British Racing Green today
British Racing Green firmly remains part of MINI's DNA today. In fact, all our new models are available in this classic shade, including the MINI Electric. Talk about tradition meets innovation.
That’s not all. The super-sporty MINI John Cooper Works range is available in both the bright BRG and the darker Rebel Green, while the newly unveiled MINI Resolute Edition celebrates MINI's racing heritage with a Rebel Green body and sophisticated design accents.