For BMW, the Mini GP breed is at the end of a 50-year thread that can be traced all the way back to the BMC Minis that John Cooper fettled for circuit racing and Group 2 rally use. And although buyers might find victory at Monte Carlo a rather tricky act to follow, there’s no denying that the car’s modifications have been implemented with potential track use in mind.
For the first time on a Mini, individually adjustable coil-over suspension has been fitted, which means that the ride height can be lowered by up to 20mm in the pitlane. To increase lateral stiffness, the dampers are installed with the piston rods pointing down, and wheel camber front and back has been dramatically increased.
Those wheels – unique to the GP – are shod with road-legal track-day tyres, serious enough in intent that Mini will put a conventional alternative back on if you’d prefer something that works in the wet. Clearly visible through the 17-inch rims are an even brawnier set of brakes.
At the front, six-piston calipers clench 330mm ventilated discs. As well as providing colossal stopping power, these are entrusted with the job of replicating a limited-slip differential via a sub-function of the Dynamic Stability Control.