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Mini John Cooper Works GP limited edition (copyright image)

The Mini John Cooper Works GP isn't confirmed for Australia. However, you can be sure that the local Mini folks are doing their best to secure a small quantity of this limited edition model. Next Car will have the news in the event that Mini Australia is successful in securing a supply.

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20th May, 2012

This is the fastest Mini ever built – its best lap of the Nürburgring-Nordschleife circuit: 8 minutes 23 seconds.

Only once has there been anything like it, but even that wasn’t as quick. With the Mini John Cooper Works GP, the British brand, owned by BMW, has come up with another car of exceptional talent designed to deliver extreme performance on both the race track and the road. The sportiest road-registered Mini ever made will go on sale later this year in a limited run of 2,000 cars. It is currently completing a programme of testing in preparation for series production, part of which has involved setting an impressive fastest lap of the Nürburgring’s Nordschleife circuit. The Mini John Cooper Works GP lapped the erstwhile Grand Prix course in 8 min. 23 sec. In so doing, the new model has put clear asphalt between itself and numerous sports cars from loftier perches - and beaten the lap time set by its predecessor, the Mini Cooper S with John Cooper Works GP Kit, by over 18 seconds.

Underpinning the performance characteristics of the Mini John Cooper Works GP is exclusive powertrain, chassis and aerodynamics technology inspired directly by motor sport. Its twin-scroll turbo engine generates outstanding torque, displays remarkable elasticity and demonstrates a healthy appetite for revs. Specially developed, adjustable race suspension channels this output into spectacular yet precisely controllable handling.

As well as being imposing visually, the design of the body also gives the Mini John Cooper Works GP aerodynamic balance in extreme driving situations - a key element in delivering that handling flair. Large front and rear aprons, striking side skirts and a bespoke roof spoiler are complemented by a newly developed rear diffuser which optimises airflow around the underbody. The interior of the Mini John Cooper Works GP also contributes to the car’s inspirational racing feeling; with the rear seats removed, it focuses unashamedly on the needs of the driver and the other front seat occupant.

Concentrated motor sport expertise - faithfully embodied at Mini by its John Cooper Works sub-brand - is the not-so-secret ingredient in the Mini John Cooper Works GP 'recipe'. The "GP" tag on the model title tells you exactly where the extreme sports edition of the compact Mini most tellingly reveals its potential. The GP's chassis configuration, the effectiveness of its race-spec braking system, the grip offered by its likewise bespoke racing tyres, and its aerodynamic properties have been honed into a high-performance whole on the Nürburgring’s Nordschleife circuit, erstwhile venue for Formula One races and lauded as the world’s most challenging race track. The noteworthy lap time set by the Mini John Cooper Works GP is the product of this extensive testing programme.

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The transfer of motor sport expertise into the everyday driving environment has history at Mini; it was this approach that provided the Mini Cooper S with John Cooper Works GP Kit the driving fun when it was unveiled in 2006. Specific output of 100 kW/136 hp per litre of displacement and similarly impressive reserves of racing technology has enthused Mini drivers.

The Mini John Cooper Works GP follows eagerly in the tyre tracks of its predecessor – and with an even greater spring in its step. It will be in similarly short supply; the world will have to make do with just 2,000 examples. Hosting the preview of the new model is another grand prix race track with history etched into every corner. The Mini John Cooper Works GP was unveiled publicly for the first time at Le Castellet in France, the venue for the global "Mini United" festival on 11th-13 May 2012.


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