Starting with a race-tuned two-litre turbopetrol four and track-focused suspension, the Mini John Cooper Works GP Concept is all about performance, just the way the Coopers would have liked it. Featuring highly distinctive styling, the concept could turn out to be a preview of a third generation Mini GP special edition, which could reach production towards the end of the current car's lifecycle.
Significantly wider than your standard Cooper, the concept features large front and rear aprons, side skirts, and a prominent roof spoiler.
Mini isn't saying much more about the car's spec, aside from hints of less weight for a superior power-weight ratio and an evenly balanced weight distribution.
The body of the vehicle is the most audacious feature with massive carbon fibre fins adorning the panels to ensure optimal airflow and downforce at speed. They have a multi-spoke layout, with Curbside Red metallic accents and Highspeed Orange highlighting the interior of the rims.
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"[The car] is all about the unfettered feeling of driving and levels of performance found in motor sport competition", said Peter Schwarzenbauer, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, responsible for MINI, Rolls-Royce and BMW Motorrad. The bodywork additions are finished off with a insane rear spoiler.
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.
The GP clearly isn't a auto for back-seat drivers - there's little interior trim behind the front seats. Minimalist recessed grips with fabric straps take the place of door handles, while interior paintwork in white contrasts with black patinated leather on the seats.
Further up the range, the Cooper S Clubman scores 18-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, active cruise control and park assist with front parking sensors.