The MINI Cooper JCW GP goes to Nurburgring and stops the clock at 8 minutes and 23 seconds. So what does it mean? Nothing other than the fact that the super sporty MINI is ranked, in official Nurburgring times, than the Lotus Exige S, BMW 335i Coupe, Jaguar XKR, Audi RS4, and the list can go on.

Even more impressive is the fact that the MINI Cooper JCW GP came only a second behind the BMW M Coupe and E46 M3, and the Mercedes-Benz C55 AMG and the Nissan Skyline GT-R 32.

Setting an official time at the Nurburgring is the goal of any car that aims to compete in the sporty segment, and to validate the time, MINI released footage of the hot lap.

The sportiest road-registered MINI ever made will go on sale later this year in a limited run of 2,000 cars. Underpinning the performance characteristics of the MINI John Cooper Works GP is exclusive powertrain, chassis and aerodynamics technology inspired directly by motor sport.

Final numbers are still being hidden by the company.