Drawing from the Mini John Cooper Works GP Concept that appeared back in September 2017 at the Frankfurt Motor Show (see the Motoring Research video below), early teaser images suggest the production car will be equally dramatic.
Mini points to bulging front and rear aprons, an enormous roof spoiler and plentiful use of lightweight materials, all seen in the radical concept.
The fact its four-cylinder turbo engine has more than 300 horsepower guarantees it will be “by far the fastest and most powerful Mini approved for the road”.
Mini has let the cat out of the bag now because, in the next few months, it’s going to work on the “crucial phase” of racetrack testing. You can all but guarantee this will include fast laps at the Nürburgring – and there’s no disguising a rear wing that large…
Indeed, Mini’s already setting itself a benchmark – beating the 8 minutes 23 seconds the previous Mini John Cooper Works GP took to complete a lap of the Nürburgring Nordschleife.
Aerodynamic properties will be “rigorously defined” and Mini’s also working hard to get the weight as low as possible. The show car suggested plentiful use of lightweight materials such as carbon fibre and carbon-reinforced plastic.
Enough for a ‘Ring lap time beginning with a ‘7’?
Mini has confirmed it will make 3,000 2020 John Cooper Works GP for global sale – that’s 1,000 more than the previous two editions, launched in 2006 and 2012.
This should do little to affect the car’s collectability though; the previous ones are now virtual museum pieces and if this one is as fast as Mini’s suggesting it is, fame and fortune will surely follow.