2020 Mini John Cooper Works GP Laps the Nurburgring in Under Eight Minutes

A new Mini John Cooper Works GP is coming, and the company promises it’ll be the fastest and most powerful Mini ever. Thanks to a 300-horsepower turbocharged engine, Mini says the new GP is able to lap the Nurburgring Nordschleife in under eight minutes.

Mini announced the GP’s lap time this weekend, in conjunction with the 2019 Nurburgring 24-hour race. The automaker lapped a camo-wrapped version of the car around the track, giving us our best look yet at the production bodywork. From the pictures, we can see a reworked front bumper, huge fender flares with built-in air channels, a floating rear wing, and more. The design draws heavily from the company’s 2017 GP concept.

Aside from claiming a sub-eight-minute performance, Mini hasn’t released an exact lap time for the GP, though BMW Blog reports a time of 7:56.69. Compared to the latest and greatest supercars, that’s nothing special. But for a front-wheel drive hot hatch, anything under the eight-minute mark is impressive.

BMW confirmed in February the 2020 Mini John Cooper Works GP would make 300 horsepower thanks to an engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo tech. Just 3000 units will be built. We can’t wait to get behind the wheel.

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