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The fastest road-going Mini ever
So, this is the fastest road-going
Mini ever built. As in ever. Ever ever ever.
Want some numbers? You can’t handle
the numbers. Well, you probably can, but they’re still rather impressive. The
2012 John Cooper Works GP has just lapped the Nurburgring Nordschleife in 8 minutes 23
seconds - that’s nearly 19 seconds quicker than its 215bhp predecessor, first
released in 2006.
So how, we hear you crow? Power,
predominately. Mini’s not telling us the exact numbers, but an indignant probe
of its chief engineer at the car’s launch - held at the wonderful Mini United
festival in France – didn’t reveal much other than a confident look.
As well as tinkering with the
twin-scroll turbo-funded engine, the JCW GP is a bit slipperier. Stare in
befuddled ambivalence at its large front and rear aprons, then marvel at the
really rather cool new diffuser. The whole underbelly’s also been smoothed to
help with downforce.
This is being described as a ‘track
car for the road’, which also means a set of six-pot brakes on the front axle,
and to help with adhesion it’s got a set of Kumho tyres specifically developed
for the car.
Inside, you don’t get much. There are
two Recaro race seats and most of the finery common to a Mini’s interior’s been
ripped out for lightness’s sake.
Want one? You’ll have to be quick.
Mini’s only building 2000. No price details either, but we reckon you won’t get
much change from £25,000. Anyone going to be putting in an order?