The MINI John Cooper Works GP is put to the test in the Green Hell

The fastest and most powerful model of the British brand showed its full potential on the legendary Nordschleife.

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El Nürburgring Nordschleife it is regarded as a particularly challenging track. Its spectacular curves, climbs and descents embedded in the wooded landscape made the triple champion of F1, Jackie stewart, coined the nickname of "Green Hell" for the legendary track. Although the top flight no longer uses it, automakers have chosen it as the go-to place to test the most thoroughbred versions of their models.

For the engineers of MINIFor example, the Nordschleife has been the latest performance indicator for each new model of the brand. And the MINI John Cooper Works GP limited edition, which launched six months ago and is already marketed in the Argentina, has not been the exception.

MINI John Cooper Works GPThe firm's test drivers managed to drive a MINI GP prototype for almost 21 kilometers in less than eight minutes. This was to beat the fastest time of its predecessor by almost 30 seconds.

Carbon wheel arches, a double fin roof spoiler, large 18 ″ forged wheels and a suspension 10 mm lower than that of the MINI John Cooper Works offers an idea of ​​the dynamic potential of the exclusive two-seater. Meanwhile he 4-cylinder turbo engine with 306 kW / 225 hp and a maximum torque of 450 Nm provides irresistible forward thrust.

The concentrated energy reaches the front wheels, equipped with high-performance tires, through a 8-speed Steptronic transmission which, together with the integrated differential lock, ensures lossless conversion of engine torque into truly exciting performance.

MINI John Cooper Works GPThe steering of the new MINI John Cooper Works GP is remarkably agile, allowing it to accelerate dynamically through every corner without oversteer or understeer tendencies.. He sports brake system it also inspires immediate confidence. The precise control and powerful grip of the 4-piston disc brakes on the front wheels and single-piston disc brakes on the rear wheels slow the vehicle down before entering the next, slightly downhill curve.

The high performance of the new MINI John Cooper Works GP is transformed into unadulterated driving pleasure. The combination of right-left curves in the Hatzenbach is a treat too, as are the rear ridges and the sharp right turn past the Schwedenkreuz.

The tight engine mounting, extremely rigid body structure and suspension linkage and suspension technology perfected with John Cooper Works racing expertise allow the new MINI John Cooper Works to have impressively precise steering behavior.

MINI John Cooper Works GPAs if dragged by an astringent, he runs through the winding sections of the track after Fuchsröhre y Adenauer forst, finding the race lines almost effortlessly even in the corner klostertal and in the Caracciolacarousel.

In GP mode, activated by a button, the intervention thresholds of the Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) are also increased to give the driver an even greater margin when approaching the limit.

A 265 km/h, the top speed of the new MINI John Cooper Works GP is totally unlimited. And in the final stretch between Galgenkopf y Döttinger Höhe, it becomes clear that the best athlete in the small-car segment holds its own on the course, even in high-speed mode.

MINI John Cooper Works GPIn addition to the model-specific front apron, its characteristic roof spoiler plays a key role in reducing climb speed and ensures aerodynamic balance even when cornering at particularly high speeds.

A single lap of the Nürburgring is not enough to take advantage of the full performance potential of the new MINI John Cooper Works GP. But fortunately every finish line is also a starting line. And when it comes to extreme driving pleasure, the doors of the “Green Hell” cannot be opened wide enough.

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