Concept hints at new Mini John Cooper Works GP

Allan Goodman
September 7, 2017

"The MINI John Cooper Works GP concept is all about the unfettered feeling of driving and levels of performance found in motor sport competition", Peter Schwarzenbauer, the BMW board member who oversees MINI said in a statement. "The MINI John Cooper Works GP Concept brings together the full suite of defining MINI design features and showcases them at their sportiest and most exciting". MINI driving modes, a performance control function, comfort access and a sports leather steering are met with an eight-speed automatic transmission with gearshift paddles under the skin.

The auto is being referred to as a design study; no technical details have been revealed and a production version has yet to be confirmed.

From the Union Jack tail lights, to the aggressive front lip spoiler, there's no denying that the Mini JCW GP Concept looks wild.

At the front there's a pretty massive aero array, made entirely from naked-ish carbonfibre, with air intakes and deflectors so sharp that you could use them to mow lawns. Various parts are in Highspeed Orange and Curbside Red for a racy look. More subtle is the prominent air scoop in the bonnet top.

The overall shape follows modern MINI tradition, with narrowing windows and a rising shoulder line.

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The hatchback has received an aggressive aerodynamic kit of carbon fiber.

Large air channels are also seen on the rear quarter panels, further emphasizing the focus on aerodynamics.

Throughout the auto, the number 0059 is placed to pay homage to the year the original Mini was created.

Inside, you'll find an aluminium roll cage and one-piece buckets with five-point harnesses, but no rear seat, a head-up display for revs and vital signs, but no fancy dashboard, and suspension settings adjustable "on the fly" from the circular centre touchscreen. Based on what Mini's executives have said about the GP concept, this one will be no different. There are a few trademark Mini toggle switches and a large (and slightly worrying) emergency cut-off button to provide some analogue relief.

The GP clearly isn't a vehicle for back-seat drivers - there's little interior trim behind the front seats.

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