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Paris Motor Show 2012: Mini John Cooper Works GP fitted with Kumho semi-slicks

Sport Published the 19/10/2012 by Charlotte

The production of the Mini JCW GP has been confirmed: A special, lighter ultra-sporty version delivering more power. The chassis, prepared for sporty performance on the road and track, uses a modified suspension and semi-slick tyres: Kumho Ecsta V700.

Mini John Cooper Works GP equipped with Kumho Ecsta V700 tyres Copyright © : rezulteo

Five years ago, the first Mini GP was born, a sports version of the famous city car. It didn’t take long before any doubts as to whether Mini could produce a respectable sports car were swept away.

Therefore, the Mini GP “R56” was eagerly awaited. A lot of information circulated on the web. We now know, with certainty, that it is a two-seater car with a 1.6l turbo charged engine putting out 218hp. In terms of performance, the Mini GP reaches a top speed of 150 mph and has a 0-62 mph sprint time of 6.3 seconds.

An ardour perfectly contained by a chassis specially developed by Mini engineers. It features an adjustable suspension, a large rear spoiler, a more aggressive design … and above all, Kumho semi-slick tyres, and more specifically the Ecsta V700, size 215 40ZR17 83 W.

Kumho Ecsta V700 semi-slicks at the Paris Motor Show 2012Copyright © : rezulteo

Mini wants to make it clear that the GP is designed to join the “track racer” clan. By choosing Kumho, Mini marks the difference with its competitors: Renault has fitted its Megane R26-R with the Toyo R888BMW has chosen the Pirelli Pzero Corsa System for its M3 GTS, or Porsche, who have made the radical choice of equipping its 911 with Michelin’s Pilot Sport Cup.

A decision that pays off, as confirmed by its lap time of 8 minutes and 23 seconds on the Nürburgring circuit, that’s 18 seconds better than the previous GP, which was fitted with standard car tyres.

> Slide show: Mini John Cooper Works GP at the Paris Motor Show