Saturday – Mini GP. Just Don’t Ask Why


Jeremy Anders Warming is the head of Mini Design. At the launch of the car, he was asked one question more than any other – Why?

“Within the fan community, it’s really been something that everybody has been talking about,” says Anders.

And that just about says it all. With a limited run of just 2,000 GPs worldwide, this is one car that any Mini fan lucky enough to have £29,000 burning a hole in their pocket would want to own.

“This is a Mini that was born to race. All the features – like the red air intakes to cool the brakes and the rear roof spoiler for optimum ground force – have a purpose,” he added.

After a couple of days in the GP, I’m just starting to get the feel of the car. There are no flappy padels on the steering column, no satellite navigation as standard and, of course, it lacks a back seat to save weight.

If you want to use a sporty Mini as an everyday car, then a standard Cooper S will save you a small fortune and prove a better bet. Yet the GP is so extreme, you can’t help but get a buzz from driving it.

It reminds me of the first time I drove a Caterham 7. That car has no radio, no doors and a comedy roof. But as we move towards an age when cars are so safe and sanitised we might as well take a bus, the GP replaces every comfort that it lacks with one joyous extra.


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