Mini John Cooper Works GP powered by a 1.6-litre twin-scroll turbocharged petrol engine
12 May 2012

Mini has unveiled its fastest-ever production car, the Mini John Cooper Works GP, at the Mini United festival in France today. It will be seen next at the Paris motor show.

With the third-generation Mini already in development, the Mini John Cooper Works GP is a limited-run version of BMW’s second-generation hatchback.

Although Mini has yet to reveal specific performance details for the race-bred, two-seat machine, it has lapped the Nürburgring Nordschleife in 8min 23sec during its development.

That’s 18sec quicker than the best lap time achieved by the BMW-owned brand’s next-fastest model, the Mini Cooper S with John Cooper Works GP Kit, which lapped the gruelling German circuit in 8m 41s.

The old car – which is the spiritual predecessor to the Mini John Cooper Works GP – had 210bhp and 180lb ft and was fitted with a limited-slip differential. Although the power hike was modest compared to the base car, the JCW GP was around 40kg lighter than the standard version.

The Mini John Cooper Works GP should produce in the region of 220-230bhp. It's fitted with adjustable race suspension and a competition-spec braking system with six-pot callipers at the front. The ECU has been race tuned.

The car has redeveloped aerodynamics, with a reprofiled nose for less drag, and a sealed underside and rear diffuser.

 It also gets an aggressive appearance and features large front and rear aprons, side skirts and a bespoke roof spoiler.

It runs on high-performance tyres that have been specially developed for the car – the car in the official pictures issued by Mini is fitted with Kumho Ecsta V700 rubber and runs on 17in rims.



The John Cooper Works GP will be produced in an exclusive colour, Thunder Grey metallic. Mini also promises that it will have an exclusive interior design. 

It gets Recaro seats and, like the Mini Cooper S JCW GP Kit, the rear seats have been removed to allow the fitment of a load-bearing brace.



Jorg Weidinger, head of chassis and suspension development on the Mini John Cooper Works GP: “This is a track car, but it is also developed for everyday use. It is not a car you put on a trailer to take to the race track; you drive it there.”

The car, to be built in Oxford, is coming to the end of its pre-production test programme and will go on sale later this year in a limited run of 2000 cars. Details of the number of right-hand drive examples that will be built and the price have yet to be confirmed.

Mini United, the event where the John Cooper Works GP has been unveiled, is a three-day celebration of the marque which this year is taking place at the Paul Ricard race circuit in southern France.

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12 May 2012

Put your baseball cap on back to front and away you go.

12 May 2012

My calculations show that if the '25d' engine was put in the MINI Coupe (the same engine with less power - the '18d' - already is), it could do 0-60mph in just 5.8 seconds whilst achieving 60mpg on the combined cycle. The torque steer would be horrendous though, so adding MINI's 'ALL4' 4WD system would help aid traction and handling, and possibly improve the acceleration figure that I roughly calculated, as the added traction would be more of a benefit than the added weight would be a drawback.

R32

12 May 2012

A limited run of 2,000? So not that limited then. Cynically I can't help but think they just want to shift another 2,000 units.

12 May 2012

At least it's better than the rest of the Monopoly-board special editions they've had in the last year, which are just paint & trim and nothing substantial.

But does anyone really care how fast a Mini goes around the Nurburgring?

12 May 2012

[quote R32]

A limited run of 2,000? So not that limited then. Cynically I can't help but think they just want to shift another 2,000 units.

[/quote]

But isn't that what car manufacturers want? To shift units?

I'd be very surprised to see anything positive said about any MINI on this forum, but considering it is now 11 years since the MINI was introduced (and the second generation is not radically different from the first) I think they do well to maintain the sales at the level they do. I see plenty of new reg models out and about, and the model has far more competition nowadays than it ever used to have. Customer offers and promotions are not exactly over generous, either. Of course, maybe all those women, gay men and style over substance people that make up MINI's customer base just have more money than sense.

12 May 2012

[quote Fidji]My calculations show that if the [/quote]

.... M3 engine was put in it, but in the back, rear wheel drive, then it would be really great.

Actually, this post started as a p1ss-take, but the more I think about it, the more I like it. But then the R5 Turbo has always been one of my favourites...

12 May 2012

[quote Autocar] Mini United, the event where the John Cooper Works GP has been unveiled, is a three-day celebration of the marque which this year is taking place at the Paul Ricard race circuit in southern France. [/quote]

Simple question, why is a celebration of the mini marque being held in France?

12 May 2012

another day another mini....

12 May 2012

Great running gear I'm sure but sullying the name of John Cooper with those looks. More like a Halfords Special.

  • If you want to know about a car, read a forum dedicated to it; that's a real 'long term test' . No manufacturer's warranty, no fleet managers servicing deals, no journalist's name to oil the wheels...

12 May 2012

[quote catnip]But isn't that what car manufacturers want? To shift units?[/quote]

Precisely. Although I don't like the colour or the wheels.

[quote catnip]Of course, maybe all those women, gay men and style over substance people that make up MINI's customer base just have more money than sense.[/quote]

I bought my Mini a couple of months ago, because it was the only small sporty car I could comfortably sit in. To hell with those who call it a chick car, I said, it's a hoot and that's what I care about. I set up some presets on the radio but didn't turn it on for a couple of days. Then the sun shone, I opened the sunroof and punched the button for a classic rock station. What came blasting through the speakers? Village People and YMCA. I'm not making this up.

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