Track Day Car Replacement – Mini JCW GP2

After searching for a replacement for my Clio V6 I have stumbled upon the 2013 Mini JCW GP. It has performed well in many car magazine road and track tests and seems to tick most of the boxes I require, including being track focused.

The 2013 Mini John Cooper Works GP is known as the Mini JCW GP2 as it is the second generation JCW GP to be launched. The mini weighs around 165kg lighter than the Clio V6 at 1235kg and has its engine in the front. Performance wise it has a 1.6-litre engine that has been tweaked to produce 218bhp but taking around six seconds to accelerate from 0-60 mph ranks as average progress these days.

The car differs from your ‘standard’ mini on the outside due to the roof spoiler, rear diffuser and underbody panels that reduce lift significantly. The car is fitted with large 13-inch vented front discs and six-piston calipers as well as semi-slick tyres as standard, so both braking and road holding are very good. Inside the Mini JCW GP2 you'll find expensive Recaro seats are fitted at the front with the rear seats being removed altogether, replaced by a bracing strut.

The main items missing from the car are race harnesses and after some searching I have established that these can be fitted relatively easily.

The other great factor about the Mini JCW GP2 is the fact that Mini only released 2,000 cars world-wide with around 500 destined for the UK, thus making the car pretty rare, although spare parts should be relatively available, eliminating one of the reasons I sold the Clio V6.

The next step will be to view and test drive one.

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