2017 Mini John Cooper Works GP Concept

Way back in 1994, BMW acquired Mini when it purchased the Rover Group. The brand was relaunched in 2001 with all new products, and the rest is history. With the huge success of Mini, especially in international markets, it was only a matter of time before they offered high performance variants, and that came in 2006, with the John Cooper Works model.

While a glance at the interior of the GP Concept shows a car that was clearly designed for racing, another goal was probably to see how far they could go with performance design cues in a road car. The limitations of the design means that it will never be a strict performance numbers car, but simply a really fun vehicle that balances sport, practicality, and hopefully economy. Given its reception, they should have the green light to push future John Cooper Works cars even further.

Starting in the front, we have large air intakes in the front apron made of visible carbon fiber. Perhaps the car's most distinguishing features are the large add-on elements on the front fender and rear quarter that effectively flare out the wheelbase accomodating 19" Racetrack lightweight wheels. The elements are tied together with a carbon fiber side skirt. Topping off the car is a roof spoiler, looking both purposeful and eccentric like the rest of the car, which is completely with the spirit of the marque.

The interior is hardcore, with an extensive roll cage and two bucket seats presiding over a stripped down design. There is no rear seating, headliners, or much of anything else that is not needed for pure performance on the track.








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