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.
Standing the test of time, the MINI John Cooper Works GP is an iconic specimen showcasing the natural sporty DNA of the MINI, while elevating its status by taking its cues straight from the racetrack.
Cut but deadly, the MINI’s size should not deceive you. Reinforced with an elite sporting machine, the MINI has raised the stakes yet again – faster than its predecessor’s best lap time by a full 18 seconds during testing on the Nürburgring North Loop. You’d have to remind yourself that you are strapped inside a shrimp-sized MINI, not a Porsche.
The new best time mirrors incessant advances in engineering, which have been tweaked to the uppermost performance standards by John Cooper Works.
With enhanced quick-to-respond power and awesome revving ability, the MINI has a 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine. The aluminum block was emphasized, along with the cylinder blocks and bearing mounts. The list goes on! The pistons were also reinforced, the cylinder head was designed to be steadier, the crankshafts and the sodium-filled exhaust valves became lightweight.
Phew! That’s a lot of revamping done! But wait, people! There’s more.
Fitted with the BMW Group’s VALVETRONIC technology, which helps maximize engine responsiveness and efficiency, the MINI is equipped with twin-scroll turbocharging (producing high boost pressure) and a direct petrol injection. This makes sure that fuel-consumption is precisely controlled.
Loved by quirky, young-at-heart hippies around the world, the MINI is engineered with a state-of-the-art powerplant that reacts promptly to throttle commands, delivering an impressive maximum torque of 260 Newton metres from just 1,750 rpm.
The mighty mini growling MINI also packs a punch when accelerating because its peak torque can be amplified for short periods to 280 Nm from 2,000 rpm, thanks to the overboost function. Maximum power of 160 kW/218 hp is delivered at 6,000 rpm. It is distributed to the wheels through a six-speed manual transmission, which is matched to the engine’s performance capabilities.
Regaining a cult following, the MINI is a unique car and among the garden-variety citizenry, it is king.