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  • There's something new for hot hatch fans and Mini devotees alike to get excited about this

  • month, and this is it. It's the Mini John Cooper Works GP, the ultimate Mini. If you

  • remember the last one, you probably remember that it was a bit of a gem, easily the best-handling

  • Mini of that generation.

  • This car has quite a lot to live up to, but all the signs are good. Like it did last time

  • around, it's dropped down the rear seats to save weight. There are strut braces between

  • the front and the rear turrets to stiffen up the shell. There's lower, stiffer, fully-adjustable

  • coilover suspension at the front and back, special sticky Kumho tyres. The performance

  • claims are pretty strong; it has 215 horsepower.

  • They claim it'll do 62 mph in about 6.3 seconds, and that's enough, they say, to make this

  • the fastest Mini they've ever made. I'm not sure it's the fastest Mini that you can buy.

  • The odds-on contender for that title is a kit car made, in some cases, in the north east

  • of England. It's the ZCars Mini Busa. Although built around the shell of an original Mini,

  • this madcap creation could hardly be more different from Issigonis' design.

  • It's got a tubular construction, fibreglass panels, inboard pushrod suspension, and the

  • tyres from a Formula Renault single-seater. It weighs just over 500 kilos and it's powered

  • by a Suzuki Hayabusa superbike engine, bolted a few inches behind the drivers' head and

  • sending 194 horsepower to the rear wheels.

  • To drive, the Mini Busa is every bit as crazy as all that would imply. It's fast, sure,

  • but it demands total commitment from its driver zipping through the gears like lightning.

  • At the same time, it's luring you in with its high grip levels and big cornering speeds.

  • It'll really make you sweat with its unforgiving limit handling. It's a proper little handful,

  • in other words. Deafeningly noisy, unruly, but massive fun if you're unhinged enough

  • to really take it on.

  • We pitted the two fast Minis against the road test timing gear to find out exactly how much

  • separates them on sheer speed. We measured them on 0-to-100 standing start acceleration

  • and over a flying lap of our dry handling circuit. The results proved that the Mini

  • Busa is closer on performance to an Aston Martin V12 Vantage than it is the new Mini

  • GP.

  • The kit car's lap time was a full second quicker than the production cars and that was while

  • the former was still getting quicker. A perfect lap in it might have even been as quick, we

  • suspect, as that of a current Porsche 911 Carrera or even

  • a Lotus Evora S.

  • It's a Mini that's as fast as a supercar and you can buy all the bits you need to build

  • it for about £8000. Second hand examples of these come up through ZCars for less than

  • £20,000, and you can have one made to your own specification for less than £40,000,

  • which is obviously a lot more than the £29,000 you'll pay for a new Mini GP. Truth is the

  • cars are pulls apart.

  • They might share a name, but this is one you can use every day, drive to work if you want

  • to. This one is an experience you'll want to savour for special occasions when you're

  • feeling particularly brave. It's in a completely different league on excitement and performance

  • and all of that.

  • At the end of your track day, you'll be very glad indeed that you can wheel that one into

  • the back of a trailer and drive home in something a little bit more sensible, which is what

  • I'm about to do in this now that I've had my fun in that one.

There's something new for hot hatch fans and Mini devotees alike to get excited about this

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世界最速のミニ - ミニJCW GP vs Zカーズ ミニブサ - autocar.co.jp (World's fastest Minis - Mini JCW GP vs ZCars Mini Busa - autocar.co.uk)

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    李致遠 に公開 2021 年 01 月 14 日
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