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Latest Mini John Cooper Works GP is a radical-looking concept vehicle

07 September 2017, 01:45 | Antoinette Holland

Mini John Cooper Works GP Concept

Mini John Cooper Works GP Concept

"The Mini John Cooper Works GP Concept is all about the unfettered feeling of driving and levels of performance found in motorsport competition", said Peter Schwarzenbauer, BMW AG management board member and head of Mini, in a release.

A week after revealing a plug-in electric concept, Mini has taken the wraps off another exciting showcar; the John Cooper Works GP Concept.

This wildest MINI will be rolled out at the Frankfurt Motor Show next week.

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The concept is wider and lower than a standard Mini, with large front and rear spoilers, and carbonfibre liberally applied for weight minimisation. There's a built-in roll cage, two seats with five-point racing harnesses, and not a lot else. "This is driving fun in its purest form".

There hasn't been a GP version of the current generation of Mini hatch, so this concept is the closest we've come to one. This wouldn't be the first time the MINI brand showed a GP model, the same exercise being done back in 2006 and 2012.

Inside, it is stripped out meaning there are no rear seats, carpeting, or even interior panels except for the door cards.

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The flagship, all-wheel drive John Cooper Works Clubman now boasts 19-inch wheels, full leather upholstery, JCW aero package, eight speed sports automatic transmission (or six-speed manual as a no-cost option), JCW sports suspension and an upgraded stereo and infotainment system including head-up display functionality. To keep weight at a minimum, carbon fiber was used, which also helps maintain an evenly balanced weight distribution. Nothing is official just yet, though insiders suggest the N48 designated unit could receive the same state of tune as it does in the BMW 330i, which offers 185kW and 350Nm of torque.

There is no official word on the John Cooper Works GP's powertrain as yet.

Technical information is as light as its construction, but Mini does reveal that the auto rides on 19-inch lightweight racing wheels and has a touchscreen for making adjustments to the suspension settings on the fly.

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