Frankfurt Motor Show: Mini GP concept is a motorsport-inspired wild child

Marlene Weaver
September 7, 2017

"The MINI John Cooper Works GP Concept is all about the unfettered feeling of driving and levels of performance found in motor sport competition", said Peter Schwarzenbauer, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, responsible for MINI, Rolls-Royce and BMW Motorrad.

The GP Concept is much wider than a regular current-gen Mini hatch and sports a race-bred body kit including a whopping front splitter, rear diffuser and substantial rear wing.

The concept, finished in a deep metallic grey, with flashes of red and orange will be the centrepiece of the Mini stand at the 2017 Frankfurt motor show, opening next week.

From the Union Jack tail lights, to the aggressive front lip spoiler, there's no denying that the Mini JCW GP Concept looks wild.

Adrian van Hooydonk, senior VP of BMW Group Design says the aggressive styling of the concept is important in conjuring the ideas of Mini's sporting heritiage. We should know more about this, and especially its engine, as of September 14th, during this 67th edition of the Frankfurt Motor Show. "This is driving fun in its purest form".

MINI to unleash Cooper GP concept at Frankfurt

What better way to showcase your new speed- and performance-focused concept vehicle than to tell us absolutely nothing about the engine? It's also likely that some of the Concept's more extreme design elements will be toned down before the next John Cooper Works GP reaches the showroom.

Inside, it is stripped out meaning there are no rear seats, carpeting, or even interior panels except for the door cards. To keep weight at a minimum, carbon fiber was used, which also helps maintain an evenly balanced weight distribution. In the meantime, stay tuned and just ogle at the pictures.

As with the previous two Mini John Cooper Works GP models, the upcoming third-generation model is expected to be produced in limited numbers and sold at a high premium to less-powerful models.

To add more aggression to the auto, Mini's main change is the use of a sort of exoskeleton wrapping along the car's flanks to form the GP's wider body.

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