Published: Fri, September 08, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Mini John Cooper Works GP Concept revealed

Mini John Cooper Works GP Concept revealed

Unlike the Electric Mini Concept, the Works GP has a real interior, continuing the racer aesthetic inside with a visible roll-cage and an nearly complete cutting back on the interior trim.

The GP Concept is much wider than a regular current-gen Mini hatch and sports a race-bred body kit including a whopping front splitter, rear diffuser and substantial rear wing.

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

Mini has yet to release details about the Concept's powertrain, though it's likely to utilise the same 2.0-litre turbocharged engine as that used in the standard John Cooper Works.

Mini John Cooper Works GP Concept revealed
Mini John Cooper Works GP Concept revealed

Mini says that the bodywork is meant to emphasise the car's "track focus", and the air intakes and front grille finished in contrasting paint colours also add to the aggressive look. Other changes to the front fascia are the orange highlights within the headlight and the grill, plus the hood gets a "power buldge", hinting a power upgrade. You'll find chunky side skirts that lead into extended rear guards.

With the number 0059 reflecting the Mini's birth in 1959, while carbon fibre wings and flares outside and an interior nearly resembling a modern Mini, the concept is a reminder that the Mini is still "fun".

The entry-level Cooper Clubman is now fitted with MINI's navigation system business suite, and an enhanced driver assistance package comprising automated emergency braking, forward collision warning, city collision mitigation, high beam assist and speed sign recognition. Most of these aero parts are made from carbon fibre for added exotica. The headliner, backseat, and door panels are all noticeably absent. "This concept is a design study". Gearshifts are courtesy of paddles on the steering wheel, similar to the ones used in the old World Rally Championship auto. However, Mini hasn't mentioned what's under the bonnet of the GP. Should it reach production, expect stiffened springs and dampers, along with uprated brakes.

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.

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