Mini announces hardcore John Cooper Works GP Concept
British brand Mini has already announced an electric hatchback to go on display at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, but its latest announcement is somewhat more exciting. It's the most extreme Mini we've seen yet, and is called the John Cooper Works GP Concept.
Mini says the car embodies driving fun 'on both the race track and the road', suggesting it's set to be somewhat of a road-going race car - like the current MINI John Cooper Works Challenge. However, as the brand has not yet released any technical details, it would appear to be a styling exercise more than a serious model proposal.
The JCW GP Concept looks very aggressive, thanks to a beefy bodykit which makes it significantly wider than the standard car. Bulbous wheelarches front and rear appear to be made from carbon fibre and sit proud of the rest of the bodywork, while around the front the classic Mini headlights and grill are framed with a scooped bonnet and huge front apron. The bodywork additions are finished off with a crazy rear spoiler.
Underneath the composite body panels, the car appears to be much the same shape as a standard model but has a few additions. The Union Jack motif in the taillights is particularly neat.
Inside, as you might expect from a race car, the interior has been almost totally stripped out and a roll cage has been fitted. Instrumentation is pared down, with just a digital cluster and head-up display, but the central touchscreen remains to allow the driver to adjust suspension settings on the fly. Body-hugging race seats with full four-point harnesses complete the look.
The Mini John Cooper Works GP Concept will go on show at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, alongside decidedly more pedestrian offerings like the quirky Mini Electric.