Mini to display JCW GP Concept at Frankfurt

Mini to display JCW GP Concept at Frankfurt

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It's familiar ground for Mini in one sense, having explored two such flagships before; the 2012 John Cooper Works GP and the 2006 Mini Cooper S with John Cooper Works GP Kit, victor of the catchiest vehicle name of the noughties award. At the front, a new grille design and aggressive front splitter may give us a glimpse into what the facelifted Mini will look like when it comes around in 2018. But that's not the only concept Mini will have at the Frankfurt show. The MINI John Cooper Works GP concept is the modern racing essence of a MINI according to the Brits and we certainly hope the production model will stay true to this motto. It's also likely that some of the Concept's more extreme design elements will be toned down before the next John Cooper Works GP reaches the showroom.

Meet the new Mini John Cooper Works GP Concept, due for the Frankfurt Motor Show next week.

Numerous new elements are made from carbon fiber to help save weight.

Speaking of the car's radical design, BMW Group senior vice president of design, Adrian von Hooydonk, said that "if you know about Mini, you'll be aware of the brand's long and successful history in motor sport". A peek inside reveals a roll cage joined by little more than a pair of low-mounted bucket seats with 5-point belts.

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Inside, it is stripped out meaning there are no rear seats, carpeting, or even interior panels except for the door cards.

Mini is not making any claims about the mechanical package of the John Cooper Works GP Concept. There's a head-up display as well as a digital instrument cluster. It delivered 160kW and 280Nm of torque on the overboost, providing the front-wheel drive track focused hatchback with a 0-100km/h time of 6.3sec and top speed of 242km/h. The auto uses carbon fiber to help the power to weight ratio and has an "evenly balanced weight distribution" for handling performance and the go-kart feel Mini is famous for. The last Mini GP was only slightly more powerful than the John Cooper Works version, instead focusing more on improved handling. In the meantime, stay tuned and just ogle at the pictures.

I'd love to say this signals that Mini's going to start making plenty of hardcore, track-ready enthusiast cars, but it doesn't.

  • Terrell Bush