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MINI John Cooper Works GP announced
MINI has announced a new version of the MINI John Cooper Works GP special edition, which will go on sale later this year in limited edition form.
Said to be the fastest MINI ever built, production of the new John Cooper Works GP will be limited to 2,000 cars, revealed the brand, as it unveils the car publically at the MINI United festival in France this weekend.
What does the MINI John Cooper Works GP look like?
This is the most extreme MINI yet, more focused and aggressive even than the original MINI JCW GP of 2006. There are larger front and rear aprons, beefier side skirts and a huge rear spoiler.
There are also extensive body graphics that cover the bonnet, side panels and even the roof. A bold 'GP' badge sits on the tailgate, opposite the John Cooper Works logo that also adorns the front grille.
MINI has also clearly been keen to hone the aerodynamics of the car - even going so far as to remove the rear wiper...
How many seats does the MINI John Cooper Works GP have?
The new John Cooper Works GP MINI, like the old one, has only two seats: the rear seats have been removed and presumably replaced with extra body stiffening bars, like the original MINI GP.
As the brand has not released any images of the interior, though, the exact arrangement is still to be confirmed.
How is the MINI John Cooper Works GP the fastest MINI ever built?
No specific engine details or power figures have been quoted for the new ultra-hot MINI, but it is expected to substantially beat the 211hp output of the standard John Cooper Works, with a breathed-on version of the familiar 1.6-litre petrol engine using a fast-reacting twin-scroll turbo.
The original MINI JCW GP boasted 218hp, compared to the 210hp of the standard car, meaning 220hp could reasonably be expected from this model - but could the firm stretch it even further?
How will the MINI John Cooper Works GP handle?
Anticipation is high for the new John Cooper Works GP MINI, given how extensively-tuned the first-generation car was. As before, MINI is promising bespoke and adjustable race suspension, which it claims will deliver "spectacular yet precisely controllable handling".
The car's distinctive aero pack also has functional benefits. The large bespoke rear spoiler works with a new rear diffuser to optimise airflow beneath the car, reducing rear-end lift and creating aerodynamic-influenced stability at speed.
MINI has also fitted a full race-spec braking system, plus bespoke track-biased tyres, to fully maximize the potential of the chassis. It is far more than just a bodykitted special edition: real development work has evidently gone in to make this MINI really special to drive.
MINI and the Nurburgring
MINI took the old Cooper S with John Cooper Works GP Kit to the Nurburgring, where it set a time of 8 minutes 42 seconds. The new car is undergoing final testing there now, and has already lapped the course even more quickly - in 8 minutes 23 seconds.
As MINI says, this puts clear space between itself and "numerous sports cars from loftier perches".
Test drives of the MINI John Cooper Works GP are expected later in the summer, and order books are expected to open then too. For how much? The standard John Cooper Works costs just under £22,500. It seems a safe bet to say this car will cost more than £25,000.
Later this year, we'll be able to tell for sure - and also say whether it's the best-handling, best-driving MINI there's ever been.
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Which "old "mini cooper 's' went round Nurburgring?i bet it wasnt a real "old " one.
what a pity it has all that boy racer rubbish on it, with GP and ugly wheels, it would have been better with less garbage on it, so you would not know how fast. it really was.
I had an original mini cooper in South Africa in the 60's it had a full race, lightened and balanced engine popped into it, it was fabulously quick, no boy racer bits just a lot of power and great performance held down by some Koni shocks, a massive oil cooler and a big sump guard
It is not a fecking mini, its a heap of german crap
Why could they not have made the original mini with a fully galvanised de-seamed shell to stop the rust and just put a modern engine and gearbox in
and I remember when my first cooper S 1275cc only cost me £450
Give me my MGB Roadster any day,Looks better than this jumped up imposter. May be slow but too many cameras anyway, pure enjoyment on a sunny day in UK.
My 1968 Mini Cooper looked much better, and of course was a PROPER MINI!!
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