For those of you, who didn’t know much about the Mini Cooper brand – John Cooper was a racecar driver from England and with his dad Charles Cooper, they starter the Mini Cooper company while John Cooper created John Cooper Works to cater performance parts for the Mini’s, JCW was bought over by BMW in the late 2000’s. This Mini John Cooper WorksGP is considered a limited edition fun size car with only production limits at 2000 cars worldwide.
We have watched the Mini Cooper family bloom through out years of excellent productions with better technology enhancement. I was born when movies like the Italian Job that was premiered with the classic Mini Coopers as their main get feature vehicles. As with all mini’s, their body curves and shape doesn’t change much; the only changes found are the technologies built in – to enhance a better driving experience with their ‘state of the art’ tuning and performance parts from Mini Cooper and JCW.
I’m sure you have heard on how feisty can a Mini John Cooper be, but the GP edition offers something more serious and powerful. Despite from stickers and the aero kits, which actually reduce drag by six percent, the Mini John Cooper Works GP is benefitted from a intensive upgrades; with a whole new engineered adjustable-ride-height coilover suspension system with inverted dampers at the front providing higher camber level, hence reducing front toeing for greater agility while maneuvering through corners, while a set of six piston with a set fixed calipers brakes supporting the breaking power.
The Mini Cooper Works GP is transmitting 215bhpfrom a 1.6L turbocharged four-cylinder engine supported by a 6speed Getrag manual transmission. Meanwhile, reaching a top speed of 150MPH with a maximumrev up to 1,750RPM – This fun size beast accelerates from 0-100 in 5.9sec and Mini John Cooper GP comes factory ready with track ready suspension, braking system and tires. With so much power in a two-seated vehicle, this Mini also comes with factory built in strut brace in the middle of the car to reduce chassis flexwhile maneuvering into corners.
Now, the Mini brand is no stranger to the racing and automotive world, comparing this Mini John Cooper Works GP, its 7HP more than first Mini John Cooper Works; this road legal “track car” made his fastest lap time of 8:23.0 on Nurburgring -Nordschleife circuit. The Mini John Cooper Works GP is small and its closer to the center of gravity; hence giving the upmost handling precision while reducing under steers while attacking high-speed corners.
Basically, the whole cockpit concept is the still same as it ever was but the only difference is- major panels are made up from carbon fiber materials along with the high quality leather and plastics used throughout the interior from the older version remains. The dark surfaces blends in nicely with the red threads on the knob, badges and contrast stitching’s around. John Cooper Works steering wheel is grab onto with free from any sort of button. Meanwhile, the driver for this special edition road legal track car is being hugged tightly by a custom made Recaro bucket seats and made only for the John Cooper Works GP (optional extras on other hardtop models).
Engine:Turbo 1.6L I4
Transmission:6-Speed GETRAG Manual
0-60 Time:5.9 Seconds
Top Speed:150 MPH
Curb Weight:2,750 LBS
Photos: Kenny Yeoh