Autoweek writer Mark (three articles on MINIs in one issue) Vaughn had a chance to take the JCW GP to the track and reported on it in Autoweek’s “driver’s log”. Yeah we don’t like the name of that section either. But hey, it’s a great read so we can’t complain. Here’s an excerpt:
>I drove three laps around the big course at Willow Springs International Motorsports Park (ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œThe Fastest Road in the WestÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â) in the Mini Cooper S JCW GP during the Motor Press GuildÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s annual track day. Just before that I drove a regular Cooper S, and a few weeks before that IÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢d driven the all-new, bigger-and-badder 2007 Mini Cooper at that carÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s introduction. Out of all of the above, IÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢d say give me that Mini GP. It was like a whole other car.
>The Cooper S began to wander around the track just a little when I pushed it up over triple-digit speeds, but the GP felt as sure of itself as a delusional world leaderÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬”and maybe just as powerful. That 214 hp is 46 more than even the Cooper S. In something as small and light as a Mini, thatÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s like adding two more cylinders, throwing another log on the fire, hit me with a double, barkeepÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬”ka-blammy!ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬”all at the same time.
You can read the rest here:
[ MINI JCW GP Driver’s Log ] Autoweek