"A limited-edition road car with racetrack-developed technology," is what Mini calls its John Cooper Works GP, the fastest and sportiest production model the British car brand has ever built which it first showed off in May 2012.
Set to debut at the 2012 Paris Motor Show later this month, the Mini John Cooper Works GP is powered by an extensively modified, 1.6-liter, four-cylinder turbo engine that produces 215hp; rides on an adjustable coilover suspension; and is equipped with a powerful sports brake system and model-specific alloy wheels and sports tires. With its unladed weight of 1,160kg--which allowed it to lap the Nurburgring Nordschleife circuit in eight minutes and 23 seconds as well as give it a zero-to-100kph sprint time of 6.3 seconds before it tops off at 242kph--the car is also one of the lightest sports cars in its class.
The Mini John Cooper Works GP's sporty demeanor is reflected in its exterior design. The body is painted in Thunder Gray Metallic. The John Cooper Works insignias appear on the lower air intake and the tailgate, while the "GP"-badged side stripes run between the front and rear wheel arches. The car's aerodynamic kit--namely, the large front and rear aprons, the side sills, and the model-specific roof spoiler--not only contribute to the car's sporty appearance but also play an important part in controlling air flow around the car. The rear diffuser, together with the underside paneling and the roof-edge spoiler, for instance, reduces lift forces at the rear axle by 90 percent, keeping the car firmly planted on the ground even under high-speed cornering and when driving at the limit.
The Mini John Cooper Works GP will only be limited to 2,000 units, with production starting later this year.