Mini used the occasion of the Nürburgring 24 Hours race to show off a pre production version of its upcoming John Cooper Works GP.
That’s fitting, because the GP — the hottest of Mini’s hot hatch offerings — has been honed specifically to conquer the Nordschleife of the famous German track.
In fact, Mini says it has already lapped the North Loop in under eight minutes.
An official lap time will come later because testing is apparently still underway. But to put that into perspective, the last version of the JCW GP lapping the ‘Ring in 8:23, so the new version could be half a minute faster.
That’s impressive, even if track performance isn’t always the ideal measuring stick for street cars like the GP.
We know that the GP will have more than 300 horsepower, but exact power figures have yet to be released.
As you can see in the image gallery above, it will have some crazy aerodynamic additions, but probably won’t wear a Nürburgring-inspired camouflage wrap when it goes into production in 2020 with a limited run of 3,000 units.
According to Mini, the new car can lap the circuit in under eight minutes, which could put it into contention with the current front-wheel-drive lap record holder, the Renault Megane R.S. Trophy-R that did the deed in 7:40.1 (it took the crown from the Honda Civic Type R that previously held the record, at 7:43.8).
The GP definitely looks apart, with an aggressive body kit featuring flared fenders, plenty of extra vents and scoops, a front splitter and rear diffuser, and the aforementioned giant wing on the back.
Larger brakes and upgraded wheels and tires are surely part of the package too, although we don’t have full specs on the GP’s chassis upgrades. It will likely have a stripped-out interior with the rear seats removed to save weight.
Mini hasn’t said exactly when it will reveal the GP in full but does say that the car is going on sale in 2020. It succeeds previous hard-core Mini GP models, a tradition that kicked off with the Mini Cooper S with a GP kit from 2006.