MINI at the 2012 Paris Motor Show

Article by Anita Panait, on September 21, 2012

MINI will be unveiling new additions to its model range at the Mondial de l’Automobile Show scheduled on September 29 to October 14 in Paris. During that event, considered as Europe’s most important motor show of 2012, MINI will be launching the seventh model in its line-up -- the MINI Paceman.

The model will be the MINI’s first Sports Activity Coupé in the premium compact segment, marking the brand’s newest venture into a new territory by combining outgoing design and stylish individuality. The Mondial de l’Automobile 2012 will also mark the debut of the brand’s newest elite performance model, the MINI John Cooper Works GP.

The two-seater MINI John Cooper Works GP will be the fastest MINI ever built in its 50 years of motor sport. The MINI John Cooper Works GP is the latest proof of John Cooper Works development expertise in action. The MINI John Cooper Works GP will be rolled out later this month in an exclusive limited-edition run.

Prior to that, the MINI John Cooper Works GP underwent intensive testing on the Nürburgring. The newest model will be the sixth and latest addition to the John Cooper Works range. Aside from the six John Cooper Works models, a customer could also avail of a wide range of accessories.

MINI hopes the latest models would strengthen its position as the world’s most successful manufacturer of small and compact premium-class cars.

The latest MINI John Cooper Works GP is the newest personification of the racing heritage that started more than five decades ago when John Cooper, the legendary sports car designer, developed his own classic mini version that became a hit fun-to-drive road machine. This series paved the way for a highly booming career in the field of motor sports by winning the Monte Carlo rally three times. With close links to the British–built premium small car, the John Cooper Work’s models and products continue to be at the peak in top-class motor sport engineering and the modern-day MINI continues to uphold this tradition.

2006 MINI Cooper S with John Cooper Works GP Tuning Kit’s 2,000-unit limited edition is by far the most impressive of all the versions and is set to become a popular collector’s item. It has been considered as a stunning example of the principle which takes the car’s natural sporty nature to a whole new level by pairing it with a complete string of features taken from the original race track. Now a sub track of the MINI, the John Cooper Works brand raised its stakes again with this new elite sporting machine which shaved a total of 18 seconds off its previous versions during the Nürburgring North Loop testing. This new record reflects continued advances with the engineering which was also tuned to the best performance standards by the company itself.

This new version is also equipped with a 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine which contributes to its excellent revving ability and responsive power. These are reflected in its performance figures, which benefited from extensive technology transfers and cutting-edge engineering.

Some of the highlights of this version include the reinforced pistons, aluminum cylinder block and bearing mounts, sturdier cylinder head, sodium-filled exhaust valves and low-weight crankshafts.

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