MINI teases the John Cooper Works GP

MINI released three teaser images and additional information about the upcoming production version of the John Cooper Works GP which was launched in concept form at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show.

The new hot hatch will be the most powerful and fastest car in MINI’s history, equiped with a 4-cylinder TwinPower Turbo engine producing more than 220 kw (300 hp) and a version-specific suspension tune. Production of the upcoming John Cooper Works GP will be limited to 3,000 units, unlike it’s predecessors that were produced in 2,000 units.

The concept car featured a heavily redesigned exterior with a lot of carbon fibre parts focused on aerodynamics and aesthetics. Unfortunatelly, the production version seems to have lost most of those parts (like the aggressive floating fenders), although it retained a similarly designed rear spoiler.

MINI states that the car will deliver “pure driving fun and uncompromising race feeling” and that it is being thoroughly tested on the race track for the next few months. The Nürburgring-Nordschleife lap time of 8:23 minutes achieved by the Mini Cooper S MK2 (R56) Works GP, is the benchmark of the new model which is expected to be even faster around the legendary track.

Thomas Giuliani, Vice President Product and Launch Management said: “The fastest MINI in our brand history – which now goes back 60 years – is an expression of pure racing passion. We are well aware of the enormous fascination exercised by the MINI John Cooper Works GP, not just from the euphoric reactions to the concept vehicle but also from past experience: after all, every one of its predecessors was completely sold out even before the official market launch.”

To freshen up your memory, check the previous generations of the limited edition GP.

Currently, the most powerful and capable version of the car is the 2016 Cooper S F56 JCW Challenge, with a turbocharged 2.0 liter engine producing  170 kW/231 bhp of power and 320 Nm of torque, allowing an acceleration from 0-100 km/h in 6,1 seconds and a top speed of 246 km/h (153 mph).