Jump to content

MyCarForum Logo
Magnifying glass



The fastest MINI ever; the MINI John Cooper Works GP II

By FaezClutchless on 17 May 2012

Attached Image

The Mini hatchback is close to its sell by date. Now in its second generation, the model has been around for over 10 years (since 2001). It was reported last month that the company were planning to release a special model for the final farewell of the Mini hatchback. It will be known as the Mini John Cooper Works GP II and pictures of it has surfaced on the Internet.

Attached Image

This is not the first time Mini has pulled this trick. The Mini John Cooper Works GP was released when the first generation Mini hatchback was about to be replaced with a new model (which is the current generation Mini hatchback). The original Mini John Cooper Works GP was generally a tuned and stripped out Mini JCW.

Churning out 218bhp from its 1.6-litre turbocharged four cylinder engine. The rear seats were removed and replaced with an internal strut brace, aluminium suspension components and also removed was the sound insulation. This resulted in a 40kg weight loss and a century sprint of less than 6.5 seconds.

Attached Image

The above is pretty much about the original Mini JCW GP. Now let us see what Mini has to offer for the JCW GP’s second iteration. Mini does not seem to want us to know much about the car’s engine performance but rumours has it that the car is churning out around 225bhp.

What Mini has revealed is that the JCW GP II is able to lap the Nurburgring in 8 minutes and 23 seconds; a whooping 19 seconds faster than the original JCW GP.

Attached Image

Other than the Nurburgring lap timing, Mini has unveiled much on the looks of the car. The JCW GP II will be built with a “masculine-looking” bodykit with some dash of red on the front bumpers, bonnet and side mirrors. A GP graphic adorns both sides of the car and also on the bonnet vent. The rear seats are removed, just like in the original GP, but it is not known whether they will be replaced with an internal strut brace. Plus, the front seats are replaced with sports seats.

Attached Image

In order to make the Mini John Cooper Works GP II handling and braking system work in tandem with the lightened weight and extra performance, the car is fitted with an adjustable racing suspension, a racing-spec braking system and racing tyres with alloy wheels. As mentioned above, the performance figures of the JCW GP II is not revealed but with the lightened weight, the car will be quicker than any Mini ever built.

The Mini John Cooper Works GP II will get its public debut at Le Castellet in France this month and only 2000 units will be built.

new model, other news, europe, uk and 8 more...

Viewed: 823 times

Related Blog Posts
Written by FaezClutchless
Some say that his blood is actually RON98 petrol and some say that his right foot weighs over 20kg. But all that we know about Faez is that he loves to drive and is a JDM enthusiast.

Car Makes

Please select a car make

Facebook Likes
   Featured Blog Post
With a bit of quick thinking, this man hid his E30 BMW M3 in his living room when he heard Hurric...
Bild, a German publication, has reported that Volkswagen is worried about its 70,000 employees pl...
To an automotive enthusiast, driving a manual is a joy and not a chore. However, not everyone is...
China has banned highway testing of autonomous vehicles while the country's relevant authorit...
We are sure most of us have been told by 'automotive experts' that one should always wait...
Prices of the Porsche 911 R have rocketed so high that used examples are selling for up to seven...
   Lifestyle Articles