The MINI John Cooper Works GP will be unveiled publicly at Circuit Paul Ricard in southern France today, during the MINI United festival. The limited Edition will be the fastest MINI ever, capable of lapping the Nürburgring-Nordschleife circuit in 8 min. 23 seconds, 19 seconds faster than its predecessor, the MINI Cooper S with John Cooper Works GP Kit.
No performance figures other than the highly impressive Nürburgring lap time have been released as yet, though it is known to employ a twin-scroll turbo on the engine.
It won't be hard to recognize the MINI John Cooper Works GP thanks to its huge front and rear aprons, side skirts, roof spoiler and rear diffuser, not to mention having no rear seats. There's also race tires, adjustable race suspension and a race-spec braking system.
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Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, Telstra.com.au (Australia's largest Telco), Seek.com.au (Australia's largest employment site), top100.com.au, hitwise.com, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks.
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