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If you like things bold and limited edition, then hold on to your hat. The official word is in: the new MINI John Cooper Works GP will launch in 2020. It's the fastest and most powerful road-ready MINI ever. With a glorious 4-cylinder turbo engine and more than 300 hp - it won't be for the faint-hearted.
Motor racing fans from all over the world will be eagerly following the 24-hour race at Nürburgring this weekend. In the course of the pre-race programme of the tradition-steeped endurance event, which starts on the afternoon of 22 June 2019, they will have the opportunity to see a car that has already demonstrated absolute top-class performance in battling against both the clock and the challenges presented by this demanding race track.
The new MINI John Cooper Works GP is currently completing set-up runs on the legendary Nürburgring-Nordschleife as part of its series development process. Although there is still plenty of time for fine-tuning until the market launch in 2020, the new extreme sports car in the model range of the British premium brand is already boasting lap times that are almost half a minute below the record set by its predecessor. At the 24-hour race, the MINI and John Cooper Works engineers will interrupt their testing programme for a short while to present the disguised prototype of the new MINI John Cooper Works GP to the public for the first time.
The prototype of the new MINI John Cooper Works GP won’t be pushing the limits during its demonstration run at the Nürburgring, but it will hardly be able to hide its outstanding sporting potential even when driven in moderate style. A more than 220 kW/300 hp 4-cylinder engine with MINI TwinPower Turbo Technology under the bonnet makes for spirited sprint capacity and a captivating sound.Wide open air intakes, large light alloy wheels, the distinctive design of the front and rear aprons and the striking roof spoiler are its unmistakable features for inspiring performance characteristics – despite the disguise applied for testing purposes.
The new MINI John Cooper Works GP will be produced next year in a limited edition of 3,000 units. With its high engine power, model-specific suspension technology harmonised with John Cooper Works motor racing expertise, weight-optimised construction and precisely defined aerodynamic properties, it sets a new benchmark in the small car segment. The fact that it takes the extreme driving fun offered by a MINI to a whole new level has already become amply clear in the course of tuning runs to date. The predecessor model set the previous benchmark at the Nürburgring-Nordschleife with a lap time of 8:23 minutes. The prototype of the new MINI John Cooper Works GP went round the legendary “Green Hell” in less than eight minutes – and its testing programme is not yet over.
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