The Mini John Cooper Works GP — the sportiest road-registered Mini ever made — will go on sale later this year in a limited run of 2000 cars.
It is currently completing a programme of testing in preparation for series production, part of which has involved setting an impressive fastest lap of the Nürburgring's Nordschleife circuit. The Mini John Cooper Works GP lapped the erstwhile GP course in eight minutes 23 seconds.
In so doing, the new model has put clear asphalt between itself and numerous sports cars from loftier perches — and beaten the lap time set by its predecessor, the Mini Cooper S with John Cooper Works GP kit, by almost 19 seconds.
Underpinning the performance characteristics of the Mini John Cooper Works GP is exclusive powertrain, chassis and aerodynamics technology inspired directly by motorsport. According to the manufacturer, its twin-scroll turbo engine generates outstanding torque, displays remarkable elasticity and demonstrates a healthy appetite for revs.
Specially developed, adjustable race suspension channels this into precisely controllable handling.
Large front and rear aprons, striking side-skirts and a bespoke roof spoiler are complemented by a newly developed rear diffuser which optimises airflow around the underbody.
The interior of the Mini John Cooper Works GP also contributes to the car's racing feeling; with the rear seats removed, it focuses unashamedly on the needs of the driver and co-driver.