Thanks to an eagle-eyed reader we have confirmation of the 2020 JCW GP Nurburgring time. For those new to such things, the Nürburgring-Nordschleife is an epic track in Germany that is seen by many as the ultimate test for a performance car. With 13 miles, 160 corners and extreme elevation changes the Nürburgring-Nordschleife gives automakers the ultimate way to quantify performance. It wasn’t long ago that a time under 8:30 for a road car was seen as exceptional. The 2nd generation JCW GP did the ‘Ring in 8:23 seconds back in 2013 and that was a 20 second improvement over the first generation. However this 3rd generation GP with 300 hp and much more aggressive aero appears to have scorched the track with a 7:56.69.
While that’s impressive it’s not close to the fastest front wheel drive cars like the Renault Megan RS Trophy or the Honda Civic Type R.
1. Renault Megane RS Trophy.R = 7.40.10 minutes
2. Honda Civic Type R = 7.43.80 minutes
3. VW Golf GTI Clubsport = 7.47.19 minutes
4. MINI Cooper JCW GP = 7.56.69 minutes
Still MINI shouldn’t hang its head on that number. The GP is likely going to be designed as a more livable everyday track car compared to those that are faster. And it wasn’t that long ago when an M5 couldn’t do a 7:56 and a Ferrari 430 could only manage a 7:55.