MINI John Cooper Works GP concept is ready for the track

Mini did not mention other enhancements as this is still a concept. Well, that's Mini's approach with the rather angry-looking John Cooper Works GP Concept. On top of that, Mini made this vehicle wider, plus much of the body panels are carbon fiber, because BMW is pushing the stuff like insane. The 2012 MINI John Cooper Works GP and 2006 MINI Cooper S with John Cooper Works GP Kit pushed the envelope on thrills in their respective eras, MINI explained in a statement.

Peter Schwarzenbauer, BMW board member responsible for Mini says this concept aims to encapsulate the emotion captured by these performance Minis. "This is driving fun in its purest form".

MINI John Cooper Works GP Concept
MINI John Cooper Works GP Concept

MINI knows how to turn the performance volume up to 11, and that's where the John Cooper Works GP concept comes in.

"And there's new-look 17" alloy wheels as well. 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 John Cooper Works GP Concept brings together the full suite of defining Mini design elements and showcases them at their sportiest.

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To ensure that it can live up to its exterior styling when it actually gets going, Mini has ditched the rear seats in favor of a racing-approved roll cage, ditched the gearstick in favor of a paddle-operated transmission, extended the front and rear track for better grip and lower center of gravity, and has redistributed weight so that the load is equal over both axles. It's flanked by more conventional controls for engine start-stop and and large emergency cut-off button. There's a head-up display as well as a digital instrument cluster.

As you can see, this is no ordinary MINI Cooper. It delivered 160kW and 280Nm of torque on the overboost, providing the front-wheel drive track focused hatchback with a 0-100km/h time of 6.3sec and top speed of 242km/h. MINI also used carbon fiber to keep the concept's weight in check and retain that essential "go-kart feeling". In the meantime, stay tuned and just ogle at the pictures.

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There's no information on the powertrain, but based on what we've seen with previous GP models, don't expect a production version to pack a lot of power.

Its three years since the current MINI Clubman landed in Australia and now the five-door (or is that six-door?) wagon is set to benefit from some extra features for 2018.

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