Mini John Cooper Works GP revealed
Finally today our third BMW Group offering comes in the form of a new Mini – the John Cooper Works GP edition.
Following the trend of the Mini GP from 2006 the new model is based on the Mk2 Mini and though Mini hasn’t given any firm numbers we can expect a similar execution of less weight and more power.
Power is expected to jump to around 225-230 bhp from the next most powerful variant – the Mini Cooper S JCW – which has 210 bhp. Through the removal of the rear seats and other lightening measures we can predict the new model will at least match the old version’s 45 kg weight loss. This should give exceptional performance figures, though they haven’t been released.
What Mini has told us is that the new John Cooper Works GP will lap the Nürburgring Nordschleife in 8min 23sec which is 18sec quicker than the Cooper S JCW.
Visually Mini have gone down a very similar route to the old model with Thunder Grey metallic paint, red accents for the mirrors and bumpers, 4-spoke alloy wheels and lots of stickers. Up front there is a front bumper which has been reprofiled for less drag featuring gloss red air intakes and a large splitter for more downforce. There are lower side skirts and at the rear the bumper gets a prominent diffuser which works in conjunction with a totally flat undertray. There is also a bespoke carbon-blade roof mounted spoiler to complete the aerodynamic additions.
The engine has a bespoke ECU and there is adjustable race suspension and a competition spec braking system to help bring the lightweight special to a stop.
All these changes should make the new GP into quite a track and fast road weapon. Jorg Weidinger, head of chassis and suspension development on the Mini John Cooper Works GP said: “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.”
We will update with more details once BMW/Mini reveal them.
Images courtesy of Mini/BMW Group