Eight minutes and 23 seconds. That’s how quickly Mini’s new back-breaking John Cooper Works GP took to lap the Nurburgring-Nordschleife, which is 19 seconds faster than the previous production JCW GP model. Mini says it has repurposed the chassis with upgrades including adjustable suspension, uprated brakes, four-spoke lightweight alloy wheels while a bespoke rally-inspired body kit rounds off the exterior.
The familiar 1.6-litre turbocharger mill, sporting a performance tune, will power the front wheels – expect steering wheel tugging of the highest order. Power and torque outputs are unknown but expect the JCW to make anything between 160 and 170kW.
With the production run limited to only 2000 examples this Mini is expected to sell out quickly. Expect the first examples to roll of the production line later this year