Auto Shows Mini John Cooper Works GP Concept

16:51  07 september  2017
16:51  07 september  2017 Source:   Car and Driver

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Official Press Release: MINI JCW GP Concept . The BMW Group has chosen the IAA Cars 2017 show in Frankfurt a. M. to present the modern racing essence of a MINI – in the shape of the MINI John Cooper Works GP Concept .

Building on prior JCW models, the Mini John Cooper Works GP Concept is the latest take on a Mini that's as capable on the track as it is on the road. Wider than the standard model, it has a custom front apron, side skirts, and other add-ons made from carbon fiber to reduce weight.

If Batman were to trade in the Batmobile for a Mini, we’d imagine it would be the Mini John Cooper Works GP concept. Scheduled to be unveiled at the upcoming Frankfurt auto show, this stylized hot-rod design study is the antithesis to the Mini Electric concept that will debut alongside it in Germany.

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New production techniques, including 3D printing and 3D knitting, showcase the future of personalisation. The BMW Group has chosen IAA Cars 2017 in Frankfurt to present the modern racing essence of a MINI – in the form of the MINI John Cooper Works GP Concept .

large air intakes and precisely moulded air deflectors dominate the front end of MINI ’s ‘ john cooper works GP ’ concept , which cuts a low-to-the-road figure. crisply cut add-on elements frame its smooth silhouette, and highlight the track focus of the hot-hatch when viewed head-on

Whereas the Electric concept showcases Mini’s city-friendly EV future, the JCW GP concept flaunts the brand’s racing heritage. Although Mini isn’t sharing powertrain details, the concept’s two center exhaust pipes and rear-window-mounted fuel filler lead us to believe the GP concept sips good old-fashioned gasoline.

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Mini claims the concept draws inspiration from the big-winged, limited-edition 2006 Mini Cooper S John Cooper Works GP and 2013 Mini John Cooper Works GP production cars. This concept car, however, makes those prior models’ extroverted designs look demure. Notably, the concept features massive fender flares that appear to channel the rear-wing design and chunky fenders found on the classic BMW 3.0 CSL race car.

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For this year's Frankfurt auto show, Mini is bringing a wild concept car that revives the GP designation. Mini has produced two previous models with the GP name, the first introduced in 2006 and the second in 2012.

Mini also didn't provide engine stats for this concept , but knowing what we do about past GPs, this car, and a hypothetical production model, probably wouldn't have much more power than a regular John Cooper Works car. The last GP only made 10 more horsepower than the JCW model

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There are a host of other striking details, including a large carbon-fiber front splitter, a roof-mounted air scoop, cheeky half–Union Jack taillights, a hatch-mounted wing, and a set of chunky 19-inch, 18-spoke wheels behind which are massive disc brakes.

Befitting the JCW GP concept’s racy exterior design is an almost completely stripped-out interior that contains a roll cage, a pair of seats with five-point racing harnesses, a fire extinguisher, a three-spoke steering wheel with paddle shifters, an emergency cut-off switch, a start-stop toggle, and a handful of other controls including a button to adjust the suspension’s settings. The concept also features both a digital gauge cluster and a head-up display. Interestingly, Mini states that parts of the instrument cluster and the door panels were constructed with a 3D printer, while sections of the seats were made using 3D knitting technology.

As is, the Mini JCW GP concept may be just an abstract construction. Nevertheless, we’re hopeful that the concept’s arrival signals the eventual return of the vaunted, limited-edition John Cooper Works GP to the Mini Hardtop model line. We’ll keep our fingers crossed that the concept’s massive fender flares make it to production as well.

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