Could A New 300 HP John Cooper Works Mini Be Headed Our Way?

“Rigorously defined aerodynamic properties” will adorn the exterior of this gorgeous new car.

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.

The new Cooper GP’s center-exit exhaust.

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.

The latest GP will incorporate the “relevant drive and suspension technology to create an optimum all-in package for thrilling performance characteristics.”

About the author

Tommy Parry

Tommy Parry has been racing and writing about racing cars for the past seven years. As an automotive enthusiast from a young age, he worked jobs revolving around cars throughout high school, and tried his hand on the race track on his 20th birthday. After winning his first outdoor kart race, Tommy began working as an apprentice mechanic to amateur racers in the Bay Area to sharpen his mechanical understanding. He has worked as a track day instructor and automotive writer since 2012, and continues to race karts, formula cars, sedans, and rally cars in the San Francisco region.
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