Back in July, Mini announced that its John Cooper Works GP clocked in an impressive time of 8:23 at Nürburgring, giving due justice to its designation as the fastest production MINI ever.

We’re saying this because a recent video from Sport Auto shows test drive editor Christian Gebhardt getting behind the wheel of a Schirra Motoring MINI Cooper endurance race car, which proceeded to hit the Nurburgring and post a time of 8:58.

It’s an impressive time in its own right, but well short of what the JCW GP accomplished a few months ago. It smashed this time despite the fact that this endurance car comes packed with a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that has been equipped with new pistons and high-performance camshafts, netting an output of 300 horsepower and 302 pound-feet of torque while achieving a 0-to-62 mph time of 4.7 seconds and a top speed of 160 mph.

As an endurance race car, the Shirra Motoring MINI Cooper was fitted with a new aerodynamic body kit that comes with a new front bumper, extended wheel arches and a prominent rear wing. The vehicle also carries a track-oriented suspension, high-performance brakes and a set of Michelin racing tires.

Regardless if it failed to sniff the JCW GP’s Nurburgring lap time, 8:58 is still a pretty awesome time any way you slice it.


Source: YouTube - Sport Auto

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  (305) posted on 12.9.2012

i do not think this is a good car on bunpy roads. but on a track, it is great!

  (302) posted on 12.9.2012

it is a known fact that tuners and manufacturers do anything to shed weight. same was done here, and the whole interior trims were extra!

  (312) posted on 12.9.2012

i do not like the fact that the interior of the car is all stripped. but hey, that is expected!

  (305) posted on 12.9.2012

this is what i love about a fast mini: it can look harmless and then smoke you!

  (452) posted on 12.9.2012

this is a great car! lots of power, good looks and yet small enough to drive it anywhere!

  (509) posted on 12.9.2012

that is true. still, it is something to see a mini neck-on-neck with a M5.

  (475) posted on 12.9.2012

it will beat them, until you get the limiter off on those cars! then, it will not stand a chance smiley

  (542) posted on 12.9.2012

i like the fact that this car will beat a M3/M5 or any other car limited to 155 MPH smiley

  (422) posted on 12.9.2012

i think the top speed this mini can achieve is great! there are lots of cars that dream of getting to 155 MPH and never get there!

  (452) posted on 12.9.2012

300 HP form a 1.6 engine is WOW! how much power did the works mini have, since it did the ’Ring in 8:23 ?!?!

  (475) posted on 12.9.2012

that mini is a bundle of joy! i love it!

  (509) posted on 12.9.2012

i love how this mini rev’s up and how it sounds. a great little car!

  (542) posted on 12.9.2012

8:58 is a great time. 8:23 is a lot better. but that doesn’t make the 8:58 look worse.

  (516) posted on 12.9.2012

"fastest mini race car" is not the fastest mini, as it turnes out. too bad smiley

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