Lodging Planner for Lake Tahoe Weekend Run - May 18 - 19, 2024

Saturday and Sunday overnight run to South Lake Tahoe. Enjoy the backroads, less traveled, and even more scenic than your usual run up the f...

Introducing The New MINI Cooper JCW GP2

MINI provided a MINI United 2012 preview of the MINI Cooper JCW GP2.  MotoringFile has a nice photo gallery and, although MINI did not release any car specs, it notes:
The entirely new JCW suspension improves on the after-sales kit by lowering the car further and giving it better body control on the track. Like-wise we’re told six piston front brakes are a decided improvement over the already good four-pots on the standard JCW.
In its BMW Group PressClub USA press release MINI says, in part, about the vehicle:
As well as being undeniably imposing visually, the design of the body also gives the MINI John Cooper Works GP ideal aerodynamic balance in extreme driving situations – a key element in delivering that handling flair. Large front and rear aprons, striking side skirts and a bespoke roof spoiler are complemented by a newly developed rear diffuser which optimizes airflow around the underbody. The interior of the MINI John Cooper Works GP also contributes to the car’s inspirational racing feeling; with the rear seats removed, it focuses unashamedly on the needs of the driver and co-driver.
The GP2 posted an 8:19 in a lap at Nurburgring. AutoGuide.com provides a comparison to help visualize how fast that is:
. . . it’s faster than a BMW 335i Coupe (8:26) or the BMW E36 M3 (8:22), . . . .
Only 2,000 will be made.