The new car is set to come with 300 hp from a new 4-cylinder TwinPower Turbo Technology – making it the fastest and most powerful MINI ever to be allowed for use on the road.
Only 3,000 units of the MINI John Cooper Works GP will be made, after making its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show two years ago.
At the moment, development of the car is in its most crucial phase, where track testing will take place for the next few months.
The car’s suspension especially, will be under scrutiny to ensure that it can cope with the new engine’s exceptionally high output.
The new MINI John Cooper Works GP will have a lot to live up to; seeing as its predecessor achieved a Nurburgring lap time of 8:23 minutes.
Only 2,000 units of the GP2, as it was commonly referred, were built with 218 hp, a 6-speed manual and a 0 to 100 km/h time of 6.1 seconds.
Whether it’ll set a new FWD lap record around the Nurburging, eclipsing the Civic Type R, remains to be seen but with 300 hp at the Works GP’s disposal, it’s hard to not be optimistic.
“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,” said Vice President Product and Launch Management, Thomas Giuliani.