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MINI USA gift to early MINI JCW GP buyers

MINI USA JCW GP keychain and letter

Early purchasers of the MINI John Cooper Works GP have started receiving surprise packages from MINI USA.  The black plastic bubble-wrap packages say simply “VELOCI SPOLIA.” in large white letters.

Inside is a custom brushed-metal keychain with the MINI logo on the front and with the words “2013 JCW GP”, the individual number of their GP, and “Veloci Spolia” engraved on the back.

There is also a letter from Jim McDowell, the “Motorer-in-Chief” (also known as the Vice President of MINI USA).  It reads:

Just about every racer we know has a superstition. Whether it’s wearing lucky underwear, lighting a candle before a race, or drinking a double espresso, it helps get you to the finish. And with delivery of your 2013 MINI John Cooper Works GP right around the corner, racing will hopefully be a big part of your life. So, we thought you would appreciate a lucky charm made just for you.

Much like the rare MINI you’ve so patiently waited for, this token of good fortune is one-of-a-kind, featuring your GP’s exclusive serial number and a few words of inspiration. We hope you enjoy it. And, most importantly, that your new MINI helps keep your spirit and adrenal glands in top form.

Veloci Spolia,*

Jim McDowell

Jim McDowell

*To the fast, go the spoils.

MINI USA JCW GP keychain (back)

collectibles: 2013 MINI John Cooper Works GP brochure



After a six-year hiatus, the fastest production MINI is back with exclusive powertrain, chassis and aerodynamic technologies inspired directly by time on the track. And while it’s scarcely available for even he keenest collectors, a MINI that will lap the Nürburgring in 8:23 is going to be hard not to play with.

Because each MINI dealer will receive only one GP, with the rest being ordered by telephone, MINI USA created a simple single-fold, four-page brochure for the MINI JCW GP.

Inside is a list of Technical Data including Engine, Performance, Weight/Capacity, and Wheels.  Images highlight the GP’s 211 hp engine, adjustable suspension, Recaro seats, rear brace, aerodynamic rear spoiler, and unique 17″ light alloy wheels.

Learn more at MINIUSA.COM/GPII.


MINI JCW GP press reviews


MINI recently invited the media to the Circuito Mallorca RennArena to test-drive the MINI John Cooper Works GP on the track.  And the reviews from the automotive press are coming in.  Read the articles from the sources you trust most.

Auto Express: MINI JCW GP II [November 10, 2012]

Autocar: First drive review: Mini John Cooper Works GP [November 10, 2012]

Automobile: First Drive: 2013 Mini John Cooper Works GP [November 10, 2012]

Autoweek: 2013 John Cooper Works GP Is Maximum Mini [November 9, 2012]

Car and Driver: 2013 Mini John Cooper Works GP First Drive – Review [November 2012]

Car Enthusiast: Track test: MINI John Cooper Works GP [November 8, 2012]

evo: New 2013 mk2 Mini John Cooper Works GP review and track test [November 2012]

Motor Trend: First Drive: 2013 Mini John Cooper Works GP [November 15, 2012]  New!

MSN Cars UK: MINI John Cooper Works GP (2012 onwards) [November 14, 2012]

PistonHeads: Driven (Briefly): MINI GP [November 12, 2012]

The Telegraph: Driven: Mini Cooper Works GP [November 9, 2012]

What Car?: 2013 Mini John Cooper Works GP review [November 9, 2012]

We will add more reviews as we find them.  Updated November 17, 2012.


MINI John Cooper Works GP price and information

MINI John Cooper Works GP

MINI USA released pricing and allotment information for the MINI John Cooper Works GP.  The Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price is $39,950 (including the $700 Destination & Handling charge).

The US will receive 500 GPs with one car allotted to each dealership (115 cars).  The other 385 GPs will be sold through a special 800 phone number.  Original owners of the 2006 MINI GP will be given a couple weeks to order a new MINI JCW GP before the ordering begins for everyone else.  The cars are scheduled to arrive in the first quarter of 2013.

We have heard that MINI USA might offer numbered GPs:

We are currently working with the MINI Design house to have numbers added that would perfectly match the red decals on the GP. These numbers will be exclusive to the US market.

More information when we get it.

MINI releases online John Cooper Works press book

MINI John Cooper Works press book
MINI has released an online press book called MINI John Cooper Works which covers all current aspects of the performance sub-brand.  The electronic press book is available in English and German and contains about 100 pages of text, tables, and photographs.  It covers all MINI JCW models including the forthcoming 2013 MINI JCW GP and MINI JCW Countryman. The content is divided into six main sections:

  • Introduction
  • History
  • Models
  • Tuning
  • Motorsport
  • Specifications
You can also download the MINI John Cooper Works press book in English (PDF 115 MB) and German (PDF 169 MB).

The Source: Facebook app to share the MINI GP

The Source Facebook app

MINI has released yet another new Facebook app; this one is a contest. The Source is an app to promote the new MINI John Cooper Works GP. During the next month, MINI will release more MINI GP media such as videos in the app. Participants must share the information to get points.

Below are the two videos from Stage 2.

Visit the MINI The Source Facebook page.

Engineered for Speed

Go to the source page for Engineered for Speed.

Radical Aerodynamics

Go to the source page for Radical Aerodynamics.

MINI JCW Countryman and MINI JCW GP on the Tail of the Dragon

MINI JCW Countryman MINI JCW Countryman

Those MINI enthusiasts attending MINI Takes the States 2012 are getting a special look at two forthcoming John Cooper Works models.  MINI USA is showing the MINI John Cooper Works Countryman and the MINI John Cooper Works GP at the events, but also on the road.  Both vehicles were caught motoring on US 129, better known as The Tail of the Dragon, by killboy.com.


[Source: killboy.com.  See all of the MINI photos of The Tail of the Dragon during MTTS 2012 from 7/6/2012.]

the MINI John Cooper Works GP debuts


MINI has debuted the second-generation MINI John Cooper Works GP.  Lacking any specific performance details, the debut is mostly an exterior design presentation.  This GP has a custom rear spoiler and a rear diffuser, but otherwise appears much like a regular JCW with custom paint and graphics.  It is still unknown what the interior will look like, although we know it will have the rear seats removed.

From BMW Group PressClub Global:

Munich. Only once has there been anything like it, but even that wasn’t as quick. With the MINI John Cooper Works GP, the British premium brand has come up with another car of exceptional talent designed to deliver extreme performance on both the race track and the road. The sportiest road-registered MINI ever made will go on sale later this year in a limited run of 2,000 cars. It is currently completing a programme of testing in preparation for series production, part of which has involved setting an impressive fastest lap of the Nürburgring’s Nordschleife circuit. The MINI John Cooper Works GP lapped the erstwhile Grand Prix course in 8 min. 23 sec. In so doing, the new model has put clear asphalt between itself and numerous sports cars from loftier perches – and beaten the lap time set by its predecessor, the MINI Cooper S with John Cooper Works GP Kit, by almost 19 seconds.

Underpinning the performance characteristics of the MINI John Cooper Works GP is exclusive powertrain, chassis and aerodynamics technology inspired directly by motor sport. Its twin-scroll turbo engine generates outstanding torque, displays remarkable elasticity and demonstrates a healthy appetite for revs. Specially developed, adjustable race suspension channels this superlative output into spectacular yet precisely controllable handling.

As well as being undeniably imposing visually, the design of the body also gives the MINI John Cooper Works GP ideal aerodynamic balance in extreme driving situations – a key element in delivering that handling flair. Large front and rear aprons, striking side skirts and a bespoke roof spoiler are complemented by a newly developed rear diffuser which optimises airflow around the underbody. The interior of the MINI John Cooper Works GP also contributes to the car’s inspirational racing feeling; with the rear seats removed, it focuses unashamedly on the needs of the driver and co-driver.

Concentrated motor sport expertise – faithfully embodied at MINI by its John Cooper Works sub-brand – is the not-so-secret ingredient in the MINI John Cooper Works GP recipe. The “GP” tag on the model title tells you exactly where the extreme sports edition of the compact MINI most tellingly reveals its potential. The GP’s chassis configuration, the effectiveness of its race-spec braking system, the grip offered by its likewise bespoke racing tyres, and its aerodynamic properties have been honed into a high-performance whole on the Nürburgring’s Nordschleife circuit, erstwhile venue for Formula One races and lauded as the world’s most challenging race track. The noteworthy lap time set by the MINI John Cooper Works GP is the product of this extensive testing programme.

The unadulterated transfer of motor sport expertise into the everyday driving environment has history at MINI; it was this approach that made the MINI Cooper S with John Cooper Works GP Kit the epitome of extreme driving fun in a small car when it was unveiled in 2006. Specific output of 100 kW/136 hp per litre of displacement and similarly impressive reserves of racing technology have secured its status as a sought-after collector’s item today.

The MINI John Cooper Works GP follows eagerly in the tyre tracks of its predecessor – and with an even greater spring in its step. It will be in similarly short supply; the world will have to make do with just 2,000 examples. Hosting the preview of the new model is another grand prix race track with history etched into every corner. The MINI John Cooper Works GP will be unveiled publicly for the first time at Le Castellet in France, venue for the MINI United festival on 11 – 13 May 2012.

See the press release Big on performance, small in number: The MINI John Cooper Works GP. Fastest MINI ever built – Best lap of the Nürburgring-Nordschleife: 8 min. 23 sec. – Extensive use of motor sport technology – Racing feeling transferred to the road – Preview at the MINI United festival – Production limited to 2,000 cars.