As we told you in this article, MINI unveiled today the all-new MINI John Cooper Works GP, an extreme version of its popular car that promises to deliver impressive performance on both the race track and the road. The bad news is that if you want one you’d have to hurry up as MINI will only build a limited run of 2,000 cars.
The car is not quite finished as the British manufacturer owned by BMW Group is currently completing a program of testing in preparation for series production. According to the carmaker, a part of this program involved setting an impressive fastest lap of the Nürburgring’s Nordschleife circuit ever achieved in a MINI.
The new MINI John Cooper Works GP managed to lap the well-known German race track in 8 min. 23 sec. This makes the sporty little car a serious competitor for numerous sports car from loftier perches. Moreover, the new MINI John Cooper Works GP beat the lap time set by its predecessor, MINI Cooper S with John Cooper Works GP Kit, by almost 19 seconds.
The new lap time was obtained due to the car’s remarkable powertrain, chassis and aerodynamics technology inspired by the world of motorsport. Still, the performances were obtained thanks to the twin-scroll turbo engine capable to generate outstanding torque and the new specially developed, adjustable race suspension.
In terms of design, the MINI John Cooper Works GP received large front and rear aprons, new side skirts but also a bespoke roof spoiler. The exterior also features the “GP” logo that tells us that in our front is not an ordinary MINI.
Although the manufacturer did not release any photo with it, the interior promises to deliver the same racing feeling and just like the previous model, the rear seats were removed. Details regarding the engines were not revealed, but we expect the car to deliver more than the previous generation’s output of 214 hp in the U.S. (134 hp per liter of displacement). Final details will be announced closer to launch.