Reviving the racing heart
MINI John Cooper Works GP Concept

We previously introduced the MINI Electric Concept which will be debuted in the Frankfurt Motor Show. The automaker just revealed another concept going into the same show next week, this time with racing in mind. Influenced by the 2012 John Cooper Works GP and 2006 Cooper S with John Cooper Works GP Kit, the John Cooper Works GP Concept is far from the boxy city cars people are familiar with.

The design screams dynamic and racing with large front and rear aprons, side skirts and a prominent roof spoiler. The concept is wider but lighter than the standard version because of the use of lightweight materials such as carbon fibre. The large intakes at the front offer a sporting appearance. As for the profile, the low-to-road side skirts and the 19-inch wheels both contribute to the aggressive look. At the back the Union Jack motif taillights and the large print “MINI” text make sure onlookers are aware of the brand and its origin, and the number “0059” references the birth year of MINI Mark I.

The exterior colours, dark grey and red, are carried into the cabin. The back of the interior is stripped down and replaced with a roll cage. Other essentials for the tracks include the bucket seats with five-point harnesses and steering wheel-mounted gear shift paddles. Powertrain details has not been revealed, but the concept is expected to slightly outperform the current John Cooper Works model which generates 228 hp.

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