The grille cross-member, lower air intake and the inside of the roof spoiler are finished in high-gloss Chili Red, with GP metallic red logos on the car’s sides. Inside, John Cooper Works sports seats are upholstered in Dinamica/leather with silver side bolsters, while other GP design touches include red accented seams, a GP badge underneath the integrated headrests and red seat belt straps.


Under the bonnet of the MINI John Cooper Works GP there’s a 2.0-litre Twin-Power turbo engine that produces 306hp and 450Nm of torque, for a 0-62mph time of just 5.2 seconds and a top speed of 164mph. A high-capacity cooling system keeps the engine at its optimum operating temperature even during long track sessions. The JCW GP’s 8-speed Steptronic transmission is tuned for fast gearchanges and sends the power to the front wheels via a mechanical differential lock. The model-specific suspension set-up includes a special GP mode for the Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) system.


The JCW GP features its own unique digital instrument cluster on the steering column, with a special GP mode for lap times and performance feedback. The optional Touring Pack, developed exclusively for this model, includes duel zone air-conditioning, heated front seats and Navigation Plus with satellite navigation and wireless charging.


The production version doesn’t have the full roll cage and fire extinguishers of the Nürburgring prototypes, but it does have a Chili Red aluminium cross-brace behind the seats, which also prevents luggage slipping forward under hard braking. Brakes are 360 × 30 mm ventilated discs at the front with four-piston fixed-calliper disc brakes and single-piston floating-calliper brakes on the rear wheels. Other available MINI safety technology includes Pedestrian Warning and Collision Mitigation, which scan the streets and apply the brakes if they detect trouble ahead.
MINI John Cooper Works GP Features The MINI JCW GP features a new front apron and splitter, a large diffuser, an enormous rear wing set high on the roof and dramatically flared wheel arches in carbon-fibre reinforced plastic to accommodate the 18-inch lightweight forged wheels and wider track. The exterior is available in one colour only, metallic Racing Grey, while the matt grey wheel arches feature the unique limited-edition model number. View Features In Detail