Mini has teased its new John Cooper Works GP model at the Nurburgring 24-hour race.
The more hardcore version of the popular hot hatch has not yet been revealed in full production trim, but a camouflaged version was displayed at the “Green Hell” at the weekend.
The firm revealed that the car slashed about 30 seconds from the fastest lap of its predecessor. With the previous model setting a lap time of 8 minutes 23 seconds, that means the new car has broken the eight-minute barrier before full testing has even been completed.
Full specifications for the car are yet to be revealed, but Mini says the car will have more than 300bhp from its 2.0-litre, four-cylinder, turbocharged engine, as well as light alloy wheels, large air intakes and bespoke suspension.
Other upgrades visible on the prototype include an aggressive wide-arch body kit and a prominent rear spoiler.
The GP model is a more focused track-oriented version of the JCW hot hatch, inspired by the Mini Challenge race car.
The full production model is due to be revealed later this year, with deliveries scheduled for 2020. Just 3,000 units are slated for production.