Mini – The secrets of the John Cooper Works GP

A chat at a distance in the videocall, as imposed by the lockdown, has allowed us to know some more details on the Mini most exclusive there is. Because the pleasure, in front of an object of that kind, to the admiration of every single component. Oliver Heilmer, head of Mini design, is the one who has had to ensure that the form and functionality of these details came to agree, a balance between style and efficiency that in the case of specific models as this is the determining factor.

The Mini more powerful than ever. About exclusivity, if you had lost the previous episodes we’re talking about the John Cooper Works GP,
the third generation of the Mini sport revealed last November
at the Los Angeles motor show, which we also tasted, as
passengers, with a few laps of the track. Production limited to 3,000
pieces, only 150 available in Italy (already ordered in 45.900 euro), and the engine
the most powerful ever installed on a JCW: four-cylinder 2.0
the turbocharged 306 HP and 450 Nm, to close the practice of 0-100
in 5.2 seconds, and fly to 265 km/h.

The Ring in less than eight minutes.Fly,
in fact. And it is here that come in to dance the aerodynamic details and the
curiosity has told Oliver. The element that passes the less
unnoticed is without a doubt the impressive appendix to rear, built
in two separate elements, which overlooks the rear window. According to the team of
designer, its size would have been sufficient to ensure
the proper downforce at high speeds. Instead, after a test high
the speed on the Autobahn between Munich and Dingolfing (where the headquarters of the more
great system european BMW), the tester has the fact that
you could get something more. Behold, then, explained that
small nolder parameters added on the top of the wing. As well as the
front splitter, which has reached such dimensions and forms only
after long test sessions on the Nordschleife, where, however, the JCW GP
stopped the clock on 7 minutes and 59”, thus becoming the first
Mini production to break down the barrier of eight minutes, with over
twenty seconds ahead of the previous model.

The spats. Wings aside, one of the distinctive elements of this Mini are, without a doubt, the so-called spats, the appendices above the wheel arches. Serve to cover the maximum width of the car (roadways are increased by 20 mm per side) and are made from a carbon fabric recycled and hand-worked, the surface of which is left purposely rough and held together by stitching hexagonal to enhance the craftsmanship; the only quirk is related to the number impressed on them, which returns the sequential number of the specimen. A beautiful piece of design, but also the 18-inch wheels, four-spoke two-tone: never before has a Mini mounted the wheels so to read, with a weight saving of 9 kg.

Two buckets seats. Inside, there is the race layout to two buckets seats with bar structural behind the front seats to stiffen the body. What changes, thanks to the technology advances, it is the procedure with which they were made, some details: the paddle of aluminium for the exchange (which seem to be of a suitable size), the small insert on the top of the steering wheel and the finish of the dashboard passenger side were manufactured with the three-dimensional printing, a solution always more used by the manufacturers because it guarantees wide possibilities of customization with relatively low costs.

A unique livery. Coming back to the heart of the JCW GP, you have to remember what revolves around the powerful four-cylinder supercharged, without adequate precautions would waste all that well of God which is able to produce. The exchange is the Steptronic eight-speed automatic developed specifically for the model, with the torque converter works in such a way as to reduce to a minimum the slippage and provide a feeling of sportiness. In addition there is a self-locking mechanical differential (up to 31% of lock) so that the 306 horses can be best exploited in the exit of the corner, with the continued oversight of the electronic control of traction and stability. The braking system finally includes calipers, aluminum four-piston brake discs 360 mm diameter, while the rear with floating single-piston. One last thing: Oliver Heilmer has kept to emphasize that all of the 3,000 John Cooper Works GP may only have this color combination (Racing grey body, red and silver for the details) because they are the ones that best combine with carbon fiber to view. Considered to be the final effect, we don’t blame him…

Source: Quattroruote.en – Edited by Anthon K.