The new John Cooper Works Concept offers a look ahead to the next generation of MINI’s sub-brand sports model. Set to be revealed for the first time at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) 2014, the study car features one-off custom body paintwork, familiar MINI red colour accents, bespoke aerodynamic features and 18-inch alloy wheels in a newly developed design.
The concept also benefits from the latest-generation MINI’s longer wheelbase and wider track, as well as the new model’s reduced weight and improved aerodynamic properties.
Large air intakes – filling the space reserved for fog lights in the series-produced MINI models – and air-channelling elements mark out the front apron of the Concept, which also features LED headlights and a black surround for the front grille. The model-specific John Cooper Works aerodynamic kit also comprises specially contoured side skirts and a rear apron with flaps and a diffuser element. The study car further features a roof spoiler and additional body components designed to channel air around the C-pillars for better aerodynamic balance at high speeds.
The Bright Highways Grey exterior paint shade owes its character to a special manufacturing process. The hand-polished surface layer is finished with a clear coat and the resulting sheen of the paintwork accentuates the structures of its pigment layer, say MINI designers. This paint finish is complemented by John Cooper Works hallmarks such as contrasting red for the roof, roof spoiler and exterior mirror caps. Also included are sport stripes – in Chili Red for the bonnet and boot lid, and in white for the roof. Additional red accents mark the rim wells of the alloy wheels, the callipers of the sports brakes, the side indicator surrounds and the contour lines of the front and rear apron. A red accent line also lends particular emphasis to the John Cooper Works logo on the radiator grille.
A further nod to the concept car’s sporting focus can be found in the centre of the rear apron. The concept is fitted with a sports exhaust system including John Cooper Works silencer system, and the twin tailpipes with chrome finish also carry the John Cooper Works logo.