The John Cooper Works GP: Sportiest MINI Ever

MINI has prepared another surprise for fans. This time, inspired by the history of the brand's achievements in motorsport, the engineers presented the limited edition MINI John Cooper Works GP, which embodies the racing essence of the modern MINI.

This is not the first time the company uses this line-up. Prior to this, the John Cooper Works GP was produced in 2006 and 2013. The new model will be released in a limited edition of only 3000 cars.

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As for the car itself, the conversation about its features, perhaps, should start with the exterior. In all the traditions of the brand, every element is thought out and executed at the highest level. The flat front end with a wide track, large front apron, flared wheel arches and rear spoiler, that is visible even from the front, immediately make it clear that we are facing a car with far from passenger dynamic specifications. The classic attributes of MINI cars that have already gone down in history – elliptical headlights and a hexagonal radiator grille — make it possible not to confuse the car with any other car, even if you take a quick glance at it. Certainly, we cannot exclude characteristic elements of the John Cooper Works, such as a wide air intake on the hood and a unique honeycomb grill with the GP logo on it, which clarify the car perception.

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What we see from the side is probably a silhouette of the sportiest MINI in history. The narrowing line of windows and a special roof line create the shape of a kind of blade, giving the feeling of crazy acceleration even when the car is just standing still. The large front apron and huge spoiler are used not only for aggressive design: they provide the car with the most optimal aerodynamic characteristics. The roof provides a sporty look, as well as optimal aerodynamic performance. The Racing Grey body paint ranges between light grey and blue-purple, creating a sense of depth, while the roof and rear-view mirrors are painted silver. As for MINI’s typical chrome plated elements on the door handles, fuel tank cover, and side turn repeaters, they were painted in black gloss in the limited edition.

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Deliberate MINI-malism in terms of shape and color focuses on technology, which is further emphasized by the Chili Red and Rosso color accents. The use of lightweight materials such as carbon fiber optimizes the power-to-weight ratio, while highly optimized axle load distribution literally turns the MINI into a go-kart car. The absolute highlight of the side view is the attached wheel arch pads made of carbon fiber. Here, hand-developed recycled carbon fleece from the Landshut factory is used. For the first time, carbon fiber fabric is visible and demonstrated with a black hexagonal stitch. At the same time, the figures in the front demonstrate the number of small-scale production. Light forged 18-inch wheels with a two-tone design interpret the bright four-spoke theme of the MINI John Cooper Works GP in a filigree style. These are the lightest 18-inch forged wheels ever used in MINI models, contributing significantly to weight reduction.

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The rear end repeats the characteristic front and side design. The distinctive roof spoiler is not only a sporty element: its shape also provides optimal downforce and fits perfectly into the geometry. The same applies to air diffusers and air duct surfaces in the apron. Located in the center of the lower back, the classic double exhaust pipe embodies the DNA of the John Cooper Works. Two bright stainless steel exhaust pipes are made with the maximum possible diameter and protrude powerfully from the diffuser.

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The interior of the MINI John Cooper Works GP combines a pure sporty style with powerful color accents. The dark color and material concept create a sporty mood in the cabin, which is highlighted with high-quality, thoughtfully painted details at selected points. In the driver's area, a new free-standing digital instrument cluster on the steering column puts the relevant information in the driver's field of view, as required by the situation.

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The latest production technologies, such as 3D printing, complement the unique interior. The highlight from the driver's point of view is the aluminum switches on the sports steering wheel made with a 3D printer. The paddle shifters are a prominent element of the car’s interior in terms of both appearance and new improved tactile characteristics. They are presented in this form for the first time. Another new element is a 3D-printed buckle on the steering wheel and an individual decorative trim in the passenger compartment. Each decorative bar is unique and only used in a limited series.

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As for the powertrain and performance, everything is hyped to the limit. The 2.0-liter twin-turbocharged engine develops crazy 306 hp, which allows the lightweight MINI to take off from the spot to 100 km/h in just 5.2 seconds. A top speed is 265 km/h. The car is equipped with an 8-speed Steptronic transmission with a built-in mechanical self-locking differential on the front axle.

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