With hot hatches growing in size, power, and aerodynamic grip, Mini has decided to join the party with their newest John Cooper Works GP. To battle with the likes of the FK8 Civic Type R, a bonafide giant slayer, the latest John Cooper Works GP boasts 300 horsepower courtesy of their TwinPower Turbo technology. Like its two predecessors, the latest evolution of this car will be track-tuned and more focused than any other member of the Mini lineup.
Though its power output falls just under that of the larger Type R and the Focus RS, the diminutive Mini is likely to be lighter than either. In addition, this car, going by the photos provided, should sport the sort of aero grip that will give it fearsome cornering speeds and braking performance. Though Mini is still somewhat cagey about the specs of the car, the photos of the John Cooper Works GP project released back in late 2017 showed a large rear spoiler, as well as enormous front and rear aprons. Whether they continue forward with those touches is disputable, since the accompanying photos show they’ve made some changes since the project’s inception.
With the most power and likely more grip than any production MINI, this car will surely go on to best the previous version’s Nordschleife time of 8:23. To beat the fastest production FWD around The ‘Ring, it would have to beat the Type R’s time of 7:43.8—and it might just do it. If it continues in the theme of its predecessors, it will be lighter, stiffer, and sport larger brakes than the than the standard JCW, as well as all the badging to let people know this car—of which only 3,000 will be made—is something special.
We wait with bated breath for the unveiling of this car next month at the Geneva Auto Show.