Remember when Mini wowed the crowd at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show with the radical-looking John Cooper Works GP (JCW GP) Concept? Set to be their most track-oriented hatchback, the JCW GP Concept is essentially the company's ode to the 1967 Monte Carlo Rally winning car.
Now, after nearly two years since the concept made its debut, Mini has revealed a prototype production version of the JCW GP. First teased back in February 2019, Mini's latest creation serves as their fastest and most aerodynamic production vehicle to date and was designed with racing pedigree in mind.
At the heart of the souped-up Mini is a 2.0-liter, Twin Power Turbo four-cylinder engine. Unlike the normal 3-Door JCW which already produces 231 PS and 320 Nm of torque, the more powerful GP cranks out over 300 PS and an impressive 450 Nm of torque. All this power in such a small platform allowed the prototype JCW GP to lap around the Nurburgring in less than 8 minutes according to Mini.
Besides having a potent engine under the hood, the JCW GP also packs several key features. For starters, it has a huge wing at the back which helps the hatchback generate more downforce to keep the car planted. It also comes with huge air intakes on the front bumper, huge lightweight alloy wheels, a newly-styled rear apron, and what appears to be additional fender flares on the wheel arches.
With the prototype still covered in a distinct camo livery, we're not entirely sure yet what other changes Mini applied on their high-performance hatchback. However, Mini did say that it has a unique suspension setup, as well as other lightweight components that make it nimble and light on its feet.
Thinking of getting one for yourself? Better think fast as only 3,000 examples will be made starting next year. After that, Mini has no plans on building any more units of the JCW GP. It is set to be revealed at a later date while sales will are set to begin in 2020.