Here is a new official video released by Mini and starring the most powerful Mini model there is, the astonishing Mini John Cooper Works GP. The footage is actually a ‘behind-the-scenes’ of the photo shot which spawned the official images of the model, which was introduced last year at the 2012 Paris Motor Show and will be built in 2,000 units only.
The model is powered by a heavily modified 1.6-liter, 4-cylinder turbocharged engine producing 218 horsepower and 260 Nm of peak torque from 1,750 rpm, though this last figure can go up to 280 Nm from 2,000 rpm thanks to the car’s overboost function. In combination with its six-speed manual transmission - which is precisely matched to the performance characteristics of the engine - the Mini John Cooper Works GP can sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 6.3 secondsm reaching a top speed of 242 km/h (150 mph). No wonders it lapped the Nürburgring North Loop in just 8:23 minutes..
Braking is provided by a racing-derived system featuring six-piston fixed-caliper disc brakes, vented at the front. The front discs are 330 millimetres in diameter and 25 millimetres thick, with 280 x 10 mm discs at the rear. The low-weight 17-inch alloy wheels - exclusive to this model - run on high-traction 215/40 R17 sports tyres. The car also comes with an individually adjustable coilover suspension, which allows ride height to be lowered by up to 20 millimetres. The Mini John Cooper Works GP will cost £28,790 in the UK.