The MINI John Cooper Works GP Concept: Racing without compromise

The BMW Group has chosen the IAA Cars 2017 show in Frankfurt to present the modern racing essence of a MINI - in the shape of the MINI John Cooper Works GP Concept. Inspired by the carmaker's legendary triumph in the Monte Carlo Rally exactly 50 years ago, this design study represents dynamic flair and the ultimate in driving. The concept car picks up the baton from the 2012 MINI John Cooper Works GP and 2006 MINI Cooper S with John Cooper Works GP Kit. Produced in strictly limited numbers, these two models explored the outer limits of their performance capability at the time.

The design of the MINI John Cooper Works GP Concept majors on purity and emotional richness. Significantly wider than the current MINI, the design study displays dynamism and power. Large front and rear aprons, side skirts and a prominent roof spoiler create a confident appearance. The use of lightweight materials such as carbon fiber optimizes the car's power-to-weight ratio. And evenly balanced weight distribution is a ticket to MINI's signature go-kart feeling.

Large air intakes and precisely molded air deflectors dominate the front end, which cuts a low-to-the-road figure. Crisply cut add-on elements frame the smooth MINI silhouette and highlight the track focus of the MINI John Cooper Works GP Concept when viewed head-on. The familiar color contrasts of John Cooper Work models come in the form of the Black Jack Anthracite exterior paint finish - which shimmers between grey and black - and the accent color Curbside Red metallic (a matt red shade).

Like the front end and flanks, the lower section of the car has a very precise and dynamic design. Carbon-fiber air vents and air deflectors are in optimum positions, and the two rain lights at the outer edges at the rear improve visibility in wet races. The classical central twin tailpipes low down at the rear embody the John Cooper Works DNA to eye-catching effect.

All the elements of the interior are trained squarely on the driver. The display and control concept with digital instrument cluster and Head-Up Display allows absolute focus on the road to be maintained. Interaction between driver and car is otherwise digital, notably touch-control adjustment of suspension settings in MINI's familiar central instrument. As digitalization dictates, the display here is now in large-screen format.

A motor sport career which began exactly 50 years ago reached its zenith with three overall victories in the Monte Carlo Rally. Today, the John Cooper Works name is synonymous with products and models whose quality is rooted in established motor sport know-how and an association with the British premium small car which dates back all those years. The result: the motor sport experience comes roaring into everyday life.

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