Due to make its public debut alongside an electric concept of the MINI hatchback at next week’s Frankfurt auto show, the John Cooper Works GP Concept is described as created to evoke the competition-driven styling and pared-back character of earlier go-fast Mini models. Inspired by the MINI’s legendary triumphs in the Monte Carlo Rally exactly 50 years ago, this design study embodies undiluted dynamic flair and the ultimate in driving fun – on both the race track and the road.
Significantly wider than the current F56 MINI, the design study oozes energy and power. Large front and rear aprons, side skirts and a eye-catching roof spoiler create a confident appearance. The use of lightweight materials such as carbon fibre enhances the car’s power-to-weight ratio, as well as evenly balanced weight distribution to deliver MINI’s signature go-kart feeling.
The production version of the MINI John Cooper Works GP Concept is due out in 2019, however, is expected to run a powered-up version of the turbocharged 2.0L 4 cylinder petrol engine used by the latest John Cooper Works model. There are no confirmed details as of yet, though rumours suggest the production JCW GP could receive the same tune as it does in the BMW 330i, which offers 248 hp and 258 lb.-ft. (350 Nm) of torque. This would make the new John Cooper Works GP the most powerful (and surely most fun) MINI yet.