Mini’s hard-charging John Cooper Works GP has been seen lapping the Nürburgring Nordschleife circuit this week, albeit with a camouflage livery, giving racing fans a first glimpse at the new-generation hot hatch.
According to Mini, the new JCW GP has run the Green Hell in under eight minutes – besting its predecessor by at least 23 seconds.
Despite the incognito colour scheme, official images reveal many details of the hardcore hatchback, including its large frontal air intakes, wide guards, unique light alloy wheels and distinctive roof spoiler.
The production version will go on sale in 2020, and will be limited to just 3000 units worldwide.
Like the first- and second-generation JCW GPs, the new model is expected to follow the same formula with significant weight reduction measures, a mechanical limited-slip differential, and a track-focused chassis and suspension tune.
The British hot-hatch is distinguished by its widened stance and large roof spoiler.