“Even with a reused powertrain and no manual transmission option, the new 2021 Mini John Cooper Works GP delivers the raw, entertaining driving experience you would expect … nearly 800 pounds less than the next-lightest Clubman JCW with the same engine … if you’re not keeping a firm grasp of the wheel, your steering could be all over the place, too. Plant your foot and the wheel starts wriggling as torque steer rears its head. It’s uncouth, uncivilized, but also kind of fun … practically non-existent body roll is and incredible grip … the driver is bounced and tossed over pebbles and hairline cracks … starts at $45,750”
There was a lot of MINI press this week about a “MINI John Cooper Works GP Concept: Racing without compromise … Inspired by the carmaker’s legendary triumphs in the Monte Carlo Rally exactly 50 years ago, this design study embodies undiluted dynamic flair and the ultimate in driving fun – on both the race track and the road. The concept car picks up the baton from the 2012 MINI John Cooper Works GP and 2006 MINI Cooper S with John Cooper Works GP Kit …”
For many years, I supported a GP owners forum here at GPMINI.net; but with the small amount of GP activity these days, I’ve simplified my support activities by moving the website to WordPress.com, which means there’s no longer any forum.
Over the more than ten years since the original GP was launched, I’ve collected a few pictures of car and owner – here they are collected together (by now, many of these owners are wrong, I bet – including me!)
MINIs On The Dragon is an annual MINI event at Tail Of The Dragon, a beautiful road in South East USA with a famous “318 curves in 11 miles”. MINI attendance is huge, and this years event brought a number of 2013 and 2006 GPs together. These pictures are kindly from Henry, owner of 2006 GP0280.