The new MINI John Cooper Works GP has been revealed at the Los Angeles Motor Show and is the brand’s fastest model ever approved for road use, accelerating from zero to 62mph in just 5.2 seconds.
The MINI John Cooper Works GP offers unrivalled performance and dynamics, with the most powerful engine MINI has ever used, finely tuned suspension technology and a lightweight body optimised with torsional stiffness and aerodynamics.
Following the success of the two previous MINI GP model generations, it will be built in Plant Oxford in a limited run of 3,000 vehicles globally, 575 of which are for UK customers.
The 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder engine is designed for maximum performance with a healthy dose of motor racing expertise. The 4-cylinder engine develops its maximum torque of 450 Nm at a speed of 1750 rpm, maintaining this torque up into the 4500 rpm range. The maximum output of 225 kW/306 hp is available between 5000 and 6250 rpm. The new MINI John Cooper Works GP sprints from a standing start to 62mph in just 5.2 seconds and has a top speed of 164mph, with no artificial limit. It features the latest generation of MINI TwinPower Turbo technology as well as precisely modified details that set it apart from the engine of the MINI John Cooper Works. Modifications include a reinforced crankshaft with enlarged main bearing diameter, specific pistons, bushless connecting rods and a new torsional vibration damper with optimised cooling.
In addition, the extreme performance of the engine is achieved with a newly developed turbocharger. It is integrated into the exhaust manifold and fitted with a divert-air valve that helps optimise its response. The compression ratio of the engine in the MINI John Cooper Works has been reduced from 10.2 to 9.5 in line with the increased boost pressure provided by the system. The intake air duct has also been newly developed. Enlarged inlet and flow cross-sections and the increased capacity of the noise damper ensure maximum de-throttling.
The modified body primarily optimises the car’s aerodynamic balance and the targeted supply of cooling air to the drive units and brake system. The large roof spoiler with double wing contours, the design of the front apron surround known as the Blackband and the front spoiler lip of the new MINI John Cooper Works GP form a precisely coordinated package designed to reduce lift. As a result, lift values on the front and rear axles are significantly reduced as compared to the MINI 3-door Hatch John Cooper Works.
In addition, the front apron has particularly large air intakes. The roof spoiler, which extends far beyond the side line, has a key role to play in optimising driving dynamics. With its reversed wing profile, it generates maximum downforce with the lowest possible aerodynamic drag in order to press the vehicle onto the road at high speeds.
The visually unmistakable features that are important in terms of the car’s aerodynamic properties include the large, flared wheel-arch trims of the new MINI John Cooper Works GP. They make it possible to combine the use of large track widths and wide wheels with optimised air ducting in the side section of the vehicle.
Two seats and reduced acoustic insulation for the purpose of weight optimisation ensure the interior of the new MINI John Cooper Works GP reflects its sports car characteristics. The standard equipment includes John Cooper Works sports seats in Dinamica/leather combination with silver side edges, red accented seams, a GP badge underneath the integrated headrests and red belt straps. Using 3D printing, the interior trim on the passenger side shows the car’s individual number.
The John Cooper Works leather steering wheel is made of soft nappa leather and features a metal centre marking the 12 o'clock position, created using additive manufacturing. The shift paddles on the steering wheel are 3D-printed in metal and in addition to the GP logo, a characteristic honeycomb structure can be seen on the paddle surfaces. Colour accents in the otherwise dark cockpit are provided by the red GP logos on the floor mats, matching double stripes on the gear selector and the Chili Red painted aluminium cross-brace behind the seats, which also serves as a barrier to prevent luggage slipping forward in the event of sudden braking.
The standard trim includes a new digital instrument cluster on the steering column, showing the road speed both numerically and on a scale. The display includes temporary feedback and permanent display after activation of GP mode. A GP logo is shown at the top of the screen and the graphic animation before vehicle start also shows a model-specific image including the GP logo.
The MINI John Cooper Works GP is available to pre-order now priced from £33,895 RRP with first customer deliveries in March 2020.