Next year will see the release of the new MINI John Cooper Works GP, which is essentially the production version of the similarly-named concept introduced in September 2017. Like its predecessors (2012 and 2006), the new F56-generation MINI JCW GP model will be built in limited numbers, albeit slightly higher this time at 3,000 units.

Performance details are limited for now, with the carmaker merely stating the GP will be powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder engine making 300 PS (295 hp), “making it by far the fastest and most powerful MINI ever to be approved for use on the road.”

It adds that development of the vehicle is currently focused on how it performs on the race track, with optimisation of the suspension, aerodynamics and weight being important aspects to create an “all-in package for thrilling performance characteristics.”

There’re also a few titbits about the car’s styling, which will feature large front and rear aprons, as well as a prominent roof spoiler. These cues were already present on the 2017 concept, but we should expect a few tweaks for the production version.

The accompanying teaser images attest to this claim, as the rear spoiler has the GP logo imprinted on it; the centre-mounted twin exhaust is less flashy in appearance; the rear diffuser has been redesigned; and the design of the wheels mimic those of previous MINI JCW GP cars.

The previous MINI JCW GP managed to set a lap time of eight minutes 23 seconds at the Nürburgring, and the carmaker is using that as a benchmark to create something faster. However, we’ll only know more when the model is revealed come 2020.

GALLERY: MINI John Cooper Works GP Concept