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Official: MINI John Cooper Works GP 2012

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File this under history repeating. The all-new F56 MINI Cooper is about a year away, so it’s time for a last big hooray for the R56 MINI Cooper. At the occasion of the 2012 MINI United, the 2012 MINI John Cooper Works GP has been unveiled. Details on engine and drivetrain are scarce, but what we know so far isn’t less impressive. The 2012 GP is supposed to lap the Nürburgring in 8:23 which is 19 seconds less than the old one. The 2012 GP is again limited to 2,000 units worldwide so better be quick… Full press release and photos after the break.

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Big on performance, small in number: The MINI John Cooper Works GP. Fastest MINI ever built – Best lap of the Nürburgring-Nordschleife:    8 min. 23 sec. – Extensive use of motor sport technology – Racing feeling transferred to the road – Preview at the MINI United festival – Production limited to 2,000 cars.

Munich. Only once has there been anything like it,  but even that wasn’t as quick. With the MINI John Cooper Works  GP, the British premium brand has come up with another car of  exceptional talent designed to deliver extreme performance on both the  race track and the road. The sportiest road-registered MINI ever made  will go on sale later this year in a limited run of 2,000 cars.  It is currently completing a programme of testing in preparation for  series production, part of which has involved setting an impressive  fastest lap of the Nürburgring’s Nordschleife circuit. The  MINI John Cooper Works GP lapped the erstwhile Grand Prix course in 8  min. 23 sec. In so doing, the new model has put clear asphalt  between itself and numerous sports cars from loftier perches –  and beaten the lap time set by its predecessor, the MINI Cooper S  with John Cooper Works GP Kit, by almost 19 seconds.

Underpinning the performance characteristics of the MINI John Cooper  Works GP is exclusive powertrain, chassis and aerodynamics technology  inspired directly by motor sport. Its twin-scroll turbo engine  generates outstanding torque, displays remarkable elasticity and  demonstrates a healthy appetite for revs. Specially developed,  adjustable race suspension channels this superlative output into  spectacular yet precisely controllable handling.

As well as being undeniably imposing visually, the design of the body  also gives the MINI John Cooper Works GP ideal aerodynamic balance in  extreme driving situations – a key element in delivering that  handling flair. Large front and rear aprons, striking side skirts and  a bespoke roof spoiler are complemented by a newly developed rear  diffuser which optimises airflow around the underbody. The interior of  the MINI John Cooper Works GP also contributes to the car’s  inspirational racing feeling; with the rear seats removed, it focuses  unashamedly on the needs of the driver and co-driver.

Concentrated motor sport expertise – faithfully embodied at  MINI by its John Cooper Works sub-brand – is the not-so-secret  ingredient in the MINI John Cooper Works GP recipe. The  “GP” tag on the model title tells you exactly where the  extreme sports edition of the compact MINI most tellingly reveals its  potential. The GP’s chassis configuration, the effectiveness of  its race-spec braking system, the grip offered by its likewise bespoke  racing tyres, and its aerodynamic properties have been honed into a  high-performance whole on the Nürburgring’s Nordschleife  circuit, erstwhile venue for Formula One races and lauded as the  world’s most challenging race track. The noteworthy lap time set  by the MINI John Cooper Works GP is the product of this extensive  testing programme.

The unadulterated transfer of motor sport expertise into the everyday  driving environment has history at MINI; it was this approach that  made the MINI Cooper S with John Cooper Works GP Kit the epitome  of extreme driving fun in a small car when it was unveiled in 2006.  Specific output of 100 kW/136 hp per litre of displacement  and similarly impressive reserves of racing technology have secured  its status as a sought-after collector’s item today.

The MINI John Cooper Works GP follows eagerly in the tyre tracks of  its predecessor – and with an even greater spring in its step.  It will be in similarly short supply; the world will have to make do  with just 2,000 examples. Hosting the preview of the new model is  another grand prix race track with history etched into every corner.  The MINI John Cooper Works GP will be unveiled publicly for the first  time at Le Castellet in France, venue for the MINI United festival on  11 – 13 May 2012.

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