After a lot of rumors and spy photos, the Mini John Cooper Works GP debuts this weekend with its introduction at the Mini United Festival at Circuit Paul Ricard in southern France. This limited edition will be the fastest Mini ever, capable of lapping the Nürburgring-Nordschleife circuit in 8 minutes 23 seconds, making it the fastest lap ever achieved by a Mini on that fabled course, being 19 seconds faster than its predecessor (Mini Cooper S with John Cooper Works GP Kit). Production will be limited to 2000 cars and will start later this year.
Mini has not released any other performance or technical specifications for the Mini John Cooper Works GP so far, leaving us with only the impressive time it achieved on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife circuit. Mini did however state that the supercharged engine will exceed the 214 horsepower its predecessor had.
Mini has reworked the entire chassis for this model with upgrades such as adjustable sports suspension, race-spec brakes and tires, four spoke alloy wheels as well as new aerodynamic parts, large front and rear aprons, side skirts, and a newly developed rear diffuser. It won’t be hard to recognize this beauty on the streets.
Mini stated that the Mini John Cooper Works GP is “designed to deliver extreme performance on both the racetrack and the road” and makes “extensive use of motorsport technology”.
We don’t have any photos of the interior so far, but like its predecessor it looses its rear seats in order to achieve a lower weight.