The Mini John Cooper Works GP 2020 came with many superlatives before it even debuted in Los Angeles in November of last year. Aside from bonkers body kits, it’s the fastest and most powerful production Mini ever built, drawing power from a reworked 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that produces 302 horsepower (225 kilowatts) and 332 foot pounds (450 Newton meters) of torque. This ramp-up is available from 1750 rpm.
Note that these figures increase by 74 hp (55 kW) compared to the standard JCW. You can thank the improved internal components, a larger volume intake, a free flowing exhaust and a modified turbocharger for this improvement.
More importantly, Mini said that the JCW GP had broken its previous record at the Nürburgring by 19 seconds, although this was done by its pre-production prototype wrapped in red camo. Mini has yet to publish an official time, boasting only one lap of less than eight minutes on the Ring.
Youtube channel Auto Sport decided to run the ‘Ring all by itself with a JCW GP, probably to contest Mini’s claim. With test driver Christian Gebhardt at the helm, the JCW GP clocked eight minutes and 3.86 seconds – certainly not better than Mini’s claim, but still surpassing the previous eight minutes and 23 seconds set by the Mini JCW GP 2013.
Auto Sport says the temperature during the test was not perfect. The air temperature was 27 degrees Celsius (80.6 degrees Fahrenheit) while the runway itself was 53 degrees Celsius (127.4 degrees Fahrenheit). The suspension configuration was also more of a road car than for the track. We assume that these factors may have affected the disappointing test cycle.
For now, we can be content with this best race for the JCW GP 2020 – until Mini publishes an official lap time for the revered pocket rocket.