Saturday, May 12, 2012

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.

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