MINI has revealed the John Cooper Works GP Concept ahead of its public debut at next week’s Frankfurt motor show.
Inspired by the carmaker’s racing triumphs in the Monte Carlo Rally exactly 50 years ago, the design study picks up the baton from the likes of the limited edition MINI John Cooper Works GP from 2012.
Significantly wider than the current MINI, the concept vehicle sits on 19-inch wheels and features large front and rear aprons, side skirts and a prominent roof spoiler, while the use of lightweight materials such as carbon-fibre is said to have improved the car’s power-to-weight ratio.
The inside, meanwhile, is pared back to its core elements with its roll cage joined on board by little more than a pair of low-mounted bucket seats with five-point belts and a cleanly-designed instrument panel. Gearshift is by paddles on the steering wheel. Additional details include 3D-printed parts in the doors and instrument panel, as well as textile finishes created using a new 3D knitting technique.
“The MINI John Cooper Works GP Concept brings together the full suite of defining MINI design features and showcases them at their sportiest and most exciting. What we’re looking at here is maximum performance, maximum MINI,” says Adrian van Hooydonk, senior vice president at BMW Group Design.