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Video: MINI Cooper JCW GP doing 8:23 on the Nurburgring

MINI has released the official time trial video of the MINI Cooper JCW GP car lapping the famous Nurburgring in Germany. The JCW GP is the company’s fastest and most powerful vehicle ever made.

Setting a time of 8:23, the MINI Cooper JCW GP is quicker than a Lotus Exige S (8:25), Porsche Cayman S (8:25), and a Ford Focus RS (8:26), around the ‘Ring. It’s powered by a tuned version of the Cooper S 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine, producing 160kW.

The special edition is kitted out with various performance highlights, including a bespoke interior with racy bucket seats, and an aggressive aero kit incorporating a chunky rear diffuser and a carbon fibre rear wing.

Underneath, it gets beefier brakes compared with the normal Cooper S JCW (John Cooper Works), uprated suspension, and a revised chassis suited to track driving.

Just 2000 GP editions will be made. Up to 20 of them could be headed to Australia, however, the local arm is yet to announce plans.

Click pay below to take a look. It’s a shame the video isn’t a simple complete shot of the lap.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.