Over a month ago we broke the news tha a new GP was coming and debuting at MINI United this May. Last night in New York we got official confirmation.

Dr Kay Segler, head of MINI during the era of the first GP and now the second was on hand and gave a general overview of the MINI brand of new producs. But it was the news of the GP that was particularly exciting.

He did something that we’ve come to expect from Dr. Segler. He gave us a tease (via Autoblog). He dropped this tasty fact: the new GP will be 20 seconds Faster than the first GP around the famed Nurburgring race track. 20 seconds is an eternity even around a track like the Ring. How is this possible?

We checked with our sister site BimmerFile to get some background. What we found was that the R56 JCW, with it’s additional torque and lighter weight lapped the Ring a full 20 seconds quicker than the R53 JCW.

– 8:35 MINI John Cooper Works R56
– 8:55 MINI Cooper S John Cooper Works R53

Considering those numbers, going from the R53 platform to the R56 should be responsible for about 20 seconds a lap by itself.

Does that make the new GP less impressive? Absolutely not. But the real question will be how much closer to the 8:00 mark it will get. Our guess is that we’ll see it in the 8:20 range when Sport Auto finally gets their hands on it.

In the meantime all eyes will be on MINI United this May as the wraps come off. We’ll be there reporting as it happens.

(All numbers are from German auto publication Sport Auto)