“Why I love mine”
The GP owned by Hannah Burgess is her latest in a line of Minis.
“I bought my GP just under a year ago, my fourth Mini, and the only stock Mini I’ve ever owned. Totally standard, it’s a fantastic car, but it quickly became apparent it’s built for the track, rather than the single-track roads that it spends more time on of late.
“It was a selfish purchase. I wanted a car that you could drive to a trackday with relative ease, do some laps in, and then come home in the very same day, which it does magnificently.
“When I tested it at the dealership, I did a mixture of fast roads and town driving, but somehow missed the salesman being jumped up and down in the sofa-like heated Recaro bucket.
“There are so many pros to this car: its supercharged engine, which doesn’t ever feel strained and belies its on-paper power, the much-needed LSD, and the purposeful driving position.
“Cons? It’s not made for passengers, and I don’t just mean the absent back seats. It needs to be crept over a speedhump at no more than 5mph. I’d advise only giving a lift to people who don’t mind being shaken around a bit, or they’ll be a little aggravated. Stick to the track, though, or a quiet country lane, and the car can do no wrong.”