In the late sixties, Mini was one of the few superstar vehicles in the rally scene for claiming a number of victories at the Monte Carlo Race throughout the years - this was around 50 years ago. And this year, the automaker developed a vehicle to celebrate the Mini's history, which we will see at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. However, Mini has already released photos of it - the MINI John Cooper Works GP Concept.
One of the board members of BMW AMG who is also in charge of MINI, Peter Schwarzenbauer, said that this creation is like driving fun in its purest form. He also said that the Mini John Cooper Works GP Concept is about unrestricted feelings of driving and levels of performance in motorsport.
Like previous Mini GP concepts, the John Cooper Works is quite flashy too - with wings, air intakes and carbon fiber, and an aggressive front clip that come with air intakes and carbon fiber front apron. More carbon fiber details have been used on the side skirts. There are flared arches on both the front and rear wheel openings that seamlessly blend into the huge rear wing and some aggressive add-ons that round off the vehicle's look. As for the paint job, Mini is not known for having bold and bright finishes, but it was finished in just the right combination of red, silver, grey and orange.
Unlike the Minis you see nowadays, this John Cooper Works version has a race-spec interior - including a pair of race seats with five-point harnesses, and a roll bar. Paddle shifters are by the wheel, while the driver can monitor vital information through a heads-up display. In place of traditional door handles are fabric straps that the driver and passenger can pull when they need to exit the race-inspired concept. Mini's main priority when developing the John Cooper Works GP concept was to keep its weight down.
The Mini John Cooper Works GP concept, as we know, is an ode to Monte Carlo. And with the brand's rally history, it should not be a surprise that this model is best used on the track only and cannot be your everyday car. Furthermore, since this is just a design study, the company did not provide any details regarding the engine or the powertrain. But it’s very easy to imagine it getting wild and dirty on a WRC stage with all-wheel drive. Considering Mini's history, they did a limited run of their past GP models, so it is not impossible for us to see a production version of this model being sold in the near future.