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2020 Mini John Cooper Works GP debuts Bonkers Bodywork, 302 hp in LA



The new MINI John Cooper Works GP.

A rarity with race genes sets new standards for performance in the premium small car segment. The new MINI John Cooper Works GP (combined fuel consumption: 7.3 l / 100 km, combined CO2 emissions: 167 g / km) is the fastest model of the British brand ever registered for use on the road. A 225 kW / 306 hp four-cylinder turbocharged engine accelerates the two-seater model – based on the MINI 3-door – from zero to 100 km / h in only 5.2 seconds. The new MINI John Cooper Works GP will be unveiled to the public for the first time at the Los Angeles Auto Show (November 22 to December 1, 2019) and then produced in a limited edition of 3,000 units at the MINI Oxford plant. Deliveries to racing enthusiasts around the world will begin in March 2020.

An intense, puristic racing feel is by far the most powerful engine ever used in a small car of the brand, namely suspension technology, based on its extensive racing know-how from John Cooper Works and a body optimized for lightweight construction, torsional rigidity and aerodynamics, the fine adjustment has been made. The new MINI John Cooper Works GP offers unrivaled sporting flair and overwhelming agility. As such, it's part of a fascinating tradition that has been closely linked to the legendary Formula 1

designer John Cooper since the debut of the classic Mini 60 years ago. Both on the road and on the track, this combination has been a constant source of sporting highlights, from the first Mini Cooper to winning the British Touring Car Championship to the three overall victories in the Monte Carlo Rally, the MINI Challenge racing series, at the Dakar Rally and the latest generation of John Cooper Works models.

The exclusive character of the new MINI John Cooper Works GP, which is uncompromisingly geared for extreme driving pleasure, is reflected both in its engine performance and in its performance characteristics. More clearly than ever before, the models of MINI and John Cooper Works are at the forefront. The extra power over the MINI John Cooper Works is 55 kW / 75 hp. Thus, the outstanding position of the new MINI John Cooper Works GP is even more clearly defined than that of the extreme athletes of the two previous MINI model generations, each of which was manufactured in a small series of 2,000 units. Introduced in 2006, the MINI Cooper S with John Cooper Works GP kit and the 2013 MINI John Cooper Works GP mirrored an exceptionally intense performance with its 160 kW / 218 hp turbocharged engines, its specific suspension technology and exclusive design and exclusive features Racing flair.

The new MINI John Cooper Works GP sets new standards for the performance of a premium small car. During test drives as part of the series development process, he completed a lap of the Nordschleife on the Nürburgring in less than eight minutes – almost half a minute faster than his direct predecessor.

The new MINI John Cooper Works GP: The highlights at a glance.
• 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine with MINI TwinPower Turbo technology, 225 kW / 306 hp and 450 Nm.
• 55 kW / 75 hp more power than the MINI John Cooper Works.
• Acceleration from zero to 100 km / h in 5.2 seconds, top speed: 265 km / h (uninterrupted).
• Model-specific oil supply and cooling concept designed for maximum performance.
• Model specific sports exhaust system for emotionally powerful sound.
• 8-speed Steptronic sports transmission with integrated mechanical differential lock for the front wheels.
• Distinctive chassis design and setup, 10mm lower chassis compared to the MINI John Cooper Works.
• Part high performance sport brake system.
• Extremely rigid body structure, engine and chassis connection.
• Model specific front and rear aprons.
• Roof spoiler with double-winged contour.
• Powerfully flared carbon wheel arch liners.
• Interior with two seats and model-specific cockpit.

Impressive power source: 4-cylinder engine with MINI TwinPower Turbo technology.
A 4-cylinder engine for maximum performance Performance and racing know-how deliver the performance required for the exciting performance features of the new MINI John Cooper Works GP. The 2.0-liter engine incorporates the latest generation of MINI TwinPower Turbo technology and numerous precisely modified details that set it apart from the MINI John Cooper Works engine. Model-specific modifications include a reinforced crankshaft with increased main bearing diameter, special pistons, bushingless connecting rods and a new torsional vibration damper with optimized cooling.

In addition, the extreme power of the 4-cylinder engine is achieved by a newly developed turbocharger. It is integrated in the exhaust manifold and equipped with a recirculation valve, which helps to optimize the response. The compression ratio of the engine in the MINI John Cooper Works has been reduced from 10.2 to 9.5 according to the system's increased boost pressure. The intake air duct has also been redeveloped. Increased inlet and flow cross-sections as well as the increased volume of the silencer ensure maximum de-throttling.

In addition, the latest generation of gasoline direct injection promotes spontaneous power delivery. The new multi-hole injectors, which are located centrally between the valves, manage an increased flow and transport the fuel into the combustion chambers with an injection pressure of up to 350 bar. Fine atomization enables precise metering of the fuel and, in addition to optimized efficiency, also results in particularly clean combustion. MINI TwinPower Turbo technology also includes fully variable valve control based on the BMW Group's patented VALVETRONIC and variable intake and exhaust camshaft timing (dual VANOS).
The new MINI John Cooper Works GP also features a model-specific engine oil sump with increased volume and distinctive geometry. This ensures reliable oil supply at all times, even in extremely sporty driving with high longitudinal and lateral acceleration.
Spontaneous power development, unbridled feed.

The extensive modifications to the basic engine and the MINI TwinPower The turbo technology causes a particularly spontaneous reaction to any movement of the accelerator pedal and a continuous power development up to the high speed range. The 4-cylinder engine develops its maximum torque of 450 Nm at a speed of 1 750 rpm and maintains this torque up to the range of 4,500 rpm. The maximum output of 225 kW / 306 hp is between 5,000 and 6,250 rpm.

The resulting traction can be used for exceptionally spirited acceleration maneuvers. The new MINI John Cooper Works GP sprints from a standstill to 100 km / h in just 5.2 seconds. Thanks to the high elasticity of its engine, it can also outperform higher-end sports cars in intermediate sprints. The vehement propulsion of the new MINI John Cooper Works GP has no artificial limits – even at higher speeds. The maximum speed is 265 km / h.
The model-specific exhaust system generates an emotionally powerful sound.

The engine's spontaneous power development and unrestrained engine speed are underscored by the emotionally conspicuous noise of the exhaust system developed specifically for the model. The drive-in acoustics authentically express the outstanding features of the new MINI John Cooper Works GP. When driving relaxed in the low speed range, the car produces a restrained, sonorous sound. Under full load, the spirited power delivery is supported by the low exhaust back pressure and accompanied by a sound that is inspired by racing. This acoustic enhancement of the vehicle's highly sporty character adds to the performance experience for the driver and front passenger.

The straight pipe routing of the exhaust system leads to a particularly large rear silencer with a specific interior design. From there, two tailpipes with matt brushed stainless steel cladding and a diameter of 90 millimeters each branch off centrally into the rear apron. These are also an authentic visual showcase for the purist character of the maximum power drive technology. One of the features that optimizes the emission behavior of the exhaust system is a particulate filter for gasoline engines. Emission control in the new MINI John Cooper Works GP complies with the Euro 6d TEMP emission standard.

Independent cooling concept developed on the basis of racing competence.
Engine performance paves the way for outstanding performance that can be experienced both on the road and on the track. The associated requirements for temperature management are met by a cooling concept developed specifically for the new MINI John Cooper Works GP, which is based on racing know-how. Two external coolant coolers for the high-temperature circuit, a model-specific expansion tank with increased volume, a specially developed coolant module storage system and an electric fan with increased performance ensure that the engine maintains its optimum operating temperature at all times – even under high loads and extremely sporty driving style.

Crankcase cooling can be temporarily switched off by a new split-cooling valve to optimize engine warm-up performance. In addition, the transmission has a separate cooling circuit.

New 8-speed Steptronic transmission with mechanical differential lock.
The high-performance engine of the new MINI John Cooper Works GP is positioned transversely in front of the trademark principle. Adapted racing technology is also used to transfer the outstanding power of the engine to the front wheels. The new MINI John Cooper Works GP comes as standard with a model-specific 8-speed Steptronic transmission – complete with integrated differential lock and matched to the engine's performance characteristics and high torque. The latest generation of the transmission is characterized by a higher internal efficiency and a longer range. The converter clutch, which closes immediately after parking, ensures a direct motor connection and a spontaneous driving experience. A new transmission control allows a particularly sporty shift strategy. The acoustic comfort is optimized by a newly developed torsion damper. The 8-speed Steptronic transmission is operated via a model-specific electronic gear selector. A manual intervention in the gear selection is also possible via the standard paddle shifters on the steering wheel.

The model-specific tuning of the 8-speed Steptronic transmission is another element of the overall package of driveline and chassis technology, which is precisely tuned for maximum performance and thus unique features of the new MINI John Cooper Works GP. This is reflected in shifting characteristics that are designed for extremely sporty driving – for example, by sharper brake downshifts and direct multiple downshifts during powerful acceleration. An increased speed level, a direct response to shift commands and a further increase in shift dynamics are also noticeable in automatic sport mode (transmission mode DS).

The mechanical differential lock integrated in the transmission provides the drive torque is distributed between the right and left front wheels to promote traction in particularly dynamic cornering. It is networked with the Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) system and acts as a lateral lock to reduce the speed difference between the front wheels. For load requests, a blocking effect of up to 31 percent can be generated. The mechanical locking counteracts any loss of traction, both with different coefficients of friction and with differences in speed between the right and the left drive wheel. For this purpose, it passes a higher proportion of the drive torque to the grippier or slower rotating wheel, so that an understeer or oversteer tendency is prevented at an early stage. This provides for a particularly agile steering of the MINI John Cooper Works GP and allows even more dynamic acceleration from turns.

Tight engine mount, body structure and suspension connection with high rigidity.
The engine, transmission, suspension, and extremely stiff bodywork ensure a spontaneous and accurate response to steering maneuvers and accelerator pedal movements. Particularly noteworthy is a specially developed for the new MINI John Cooper Works GP engine mounts. The tight connection of engine and transmission with the body optimizes the handling.

In the underbody area, the tunnel bridge was replaced by a fixed support for the likewise modified rear axle element. The generously dimensioned, rectangular suspension strut frame offers ideal conditions for a suspension tuning to highest lateral acceleration. At the front end, the suspension connection is optimized by a strut brace.

Model-specific suspension tuning, DSC with GP mode.
The chassis technology of the new MINI John Cooper Works GP opens up a completely new dimension of the characteristic go-kart feeling with model-specific kinematics and elastokinematics. As part of an intensive test program on the Nürburgring Nordschleife and other racetracks, it was tuned exactly to the extremely high engine performance and the vehicle concept of an exceptional athlete in the small car segment. The model-specific versions of the single-joint strut for the front wheels and the multi-link rear axle have also been optimized with regard to component rigidity. To increase agility, the track widths were increased and lowered the body compared to the MINI John Cooper Works by 10 millimeters. Specially tuned suspension springs are just as much a part of the model-specific suspension as the specially adapted auxiliary springs, dampers and stabilizers. Redesigned pivot bearings allow a higher drop level on the front wheels. Together with the likewise increased fall of the rear wheels, this increases the potential for transmitting side forces during dynamic cornering. Stabilizer bearings on the front and rear axles with particularly high preload optimize roll support during spontaneous steering movements.

The construction of the suspension is characterized by the connection through extensive measures to increase the rigidity. The precise handling characteristics of the new MINI John Cooper Works GP are reinforced, for example, by stiffer rubber bearings in the front and rear axle support bearings. The four control arms on the rear axle are externally provided with play-free metal ball sleeves instead of rubber bearings, inside with highly rigid rubber bearings. The strut in the engine compartment is bolted directly to the support bearings of the front axle.

The electromechanical power steering has speed-dependent steering assistance as standard, for maximum cornering accuracy and easy maneuvering at low speeds. As an alternative to the standard setting, the DSC also offers a GP mode, which can be activated via a toggle switch. This setting increases the limits for stabilizing interventions of the brake system and the engine control system. Combined with the mechanical differential lock, this further enhances the
agile handling of the new MINI John Cooper Works GP. The toggle switch for controlling the driving stability system can also be used to access the DSC-Off mode.

Sport brake system and light forged wheels in exclusive format.
The sport brake system in the new MINI John Cooper Works GP ensures a consistently high deceleration performance even under intensive use. It consists of 4-piston fixed caliper disc brakes on the front wheels and 1-piston floating caliper brakes on the rear wheels. The sports brake system is characterized by high stability and a direct, clearly defined pedal feel. The front calipers are made of aluminum and combined with ventilated discs of 360 × 30 mm. They are in Chili Red and carry the John Cooper Works logo.

The new MINI John Cooper Works GP is equipped as standard with 18-inch forged wheels. The 8.0 J × 18 light-alloy wheels weigh less than nine kilograms and are equipped with high-performance tires specially developed for this exceptionally sporty vehicle. The hubcaps of the exclusive alloy wheels bear the GP logo. The structure and profile of the tires 225/35 R 18 are designed for maximum steering precision, optimum transmission of lateral forces during sporty cornering and increased traction during acceleration and braking.
Distinctive design, optimized aerodynamic properties.

] The new MINI John Cooper Works GP is characterized by model-specific design features that make it an unmistakable exceptional athlete right from the start. These also contribute significantly to the driving behavior of the vehicle – namely stability and precise controllability even in highly dynamic situations. The detail modified body primarily optimizes the aerodynamic balance of the vehicle and the targeted cooling air supply of the drive units and the brake system. The large roof spoiler with double-wing contours, the model-specific design of the Blackband front skirt paneling and the front spoiler lip of the new MINI John Cooper Works GP form a precisely coordinated package to reduce lift. This significantly reduces the lift values ​​at the front and rear axle compared to the MINI John Cooper Works.

In addition, the front apron has extra large air intakes. When optimizing the driving dynamics, the roof spoiler reaching far beyond the sideline plays a key role. With its inverted airfoil, it produces maximum downforce with the lowest possible air resistance to push the vehicle onto the road at high speeds.

Wheel arch cover made of carbon fiber reinforced plastic.
The visually distinctive features The features that are important for the aerodynamics of the vehicle include the large and striking wheel arch covers of the new MINI John Cooper Works GP. They make it possible to combine the use of very large track widths and wide wheels with an optimized air flow in the side part of the vehicle.

The wheel arch panels are manufactured in a special process and with a material combination that is used for the first time by the BMW Group consisting of a thermoplastic substructure and an outer shell made of carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP). Intelligent lightweight construction goes hand in hand with the sustainable use of resources. The raw material for the outer shells, which are made from a particularly lightweight CFRP fleece, is a refined material that is recycled from the production of the BMW i3 and the BMW i8. The four CFRP components required for each individual vehicle are manufactured using a common wet-pressing tool. In this way, a highly efficient production process can be used, which was previously implemented only in mass production. In addition, the wheel arch covers with their hexagonal stitched CFRP structure, the double matting and the consecutive numbering give each of the 3,000 vehicles produced a unique visual highlight. The new MINI John Cooper Works GP is the BMW Group's first mass-produced vehicle to feature an exposed matte CFRP coating. The individual numbering with the numbers "0001" to "3000" is applied to the surfaces of the front wheel arches by a newly developed paint transfer process.

Model-specific design accents signal purist sporty flair.
The purist character of the high-performance new MINI John Cooper Works GP is underlined by precisely designed accents. For the exterior finish
only the exclusive Racing Gray metallic finish is available. Meanwhile, the roof and the exterior mirror caps are in the contrasting color of Melting Silver metallic. The rear apron with integrated rear fog lights has a striking design like the front apron. A cross member on the hexagonal grille, the inserts in the lower air intake and the inside of the roof spoiler are held in high-gloss Chili Red. The GP logos front and back, the outsides of the roof spoiler and the sill plates as well as the foils over the side skirts are provided with a stylized "GP" in Rosso Red metallic matt.

A striking contrast here is the black surface of the headlight covers, the central grille and tail lights, the fuel filler flap and door handles, as well as the inlay on the bonnet and the MINI logo on the front and rear of the vehicle. The black inserts on the headlamps and the darkened Union Jack tail light units also underline the uncompromising sporting flair of the new MINI John Cooper Works GP.

Sports car cockpit with two seats and reduced sound insulation.
Two seats and reduced sound insulation for the purpose of weight optimization also give the interior of the new MINI John Cooper Works GP a real sports car flair. Standard features include John Cooper Works Dinamica / leather sports seats with silver side edges, red accent stitching, a GP emblem under the integrated headrests and red straps. The interior trim on the passenger side carries the numbering of the respective vehicle. This is made individually for each of the 3,000 extreme athletes in 3D printing.
The model-specific leather steering wheel John Cooper Works gets its exclusive character also by accents, which are produced in the 3D printing process. In addition to red accent stitching, the soft nappa leather rim also has a metal center mark for the 12 o'clock position created using the additive manufacturing process. The shift paddles on the steering wheel are also 3D printed in metal. In addition to the GP logo, a characteristic honeycomb structure can be seen on the paddle surfaces. The red GP logos on the floor mats, the matching double stripes on the selector lever and the Chili Red painted aluminum cross brace behind the seats set the color accents in the otherwise dark cockpit. This serves as a shield to prevent luggage from slipping off during sudden braking.

Digital instrument cluster and central instrument with model-specific displays.
Optional features of the new MINI John Cooper Works GP include Climate Control, the Connected Navigation Plus package, which also includes wireless charging and an alarm system. The connected media system is standard: model-specific information is displayed on the 6.5-inch screen in the central dashboard. The standard equipment also includes a digital instrument cluster on the steering column. The high-resolution 5-inch color screen displays driving speed both numerically and on a scale. The model-specific display includes a temporary feedback and a permanent display after activation of the GP mode. A GP logo is permanently displayed at the top of the screen. The graphic animation before starting the vehicle shows a model-specific image with the GP logo.


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