Just like in 2006, when the Cooper John Cooper Works GP was rolled out as the ultimate MINI towards the end of the R50’s life, history seems to be repeating itself with the unveiling of the Works GP II close to the end of the R56’s lifespan. Although the power and performance figures have yet to be announced, MINI has confirmed that the new car laps the Nurburgring Nordschliefe in 8mins 23secs, some 19 seconds quicker than the supercharged original.
MINI has confirmed that a mere 2000 GP IIs will be built, and it’s a sure bet that the two-seater (the rear is removed, just like the original) will boast the best power to weight ratio of any regular production version. Styling is bolstered by the addition of new bumpers, side skirts and a unique roof spoiler, Aerodynamics have been tweaked to improve downforce by the addition of a bespoke underbody diffuser and sealed underside.
The suspension set-up has been made more extreme with the addition of adjustable and stiffened springs, and uprated dampers. New alloy wheels (that evoke the original GP) and super-sticky road tyres have been specified, and more powerful brakes complete the dynamic updates.
More details to follow.
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