MINI John Cooper Works GP Concept a brutal tribute to MINI's achievements in Monte Carlo
By: Fedora Atjeh | September 06, 2017
MINI is stepping very hard and leaving open mouths with their concept lately, without stopping to think if it will break our heart in case they do not come true. We will see in the Frankfurt Motor Show the futuristic and electric MINI Electric Concept, and we just know that it joins another concept very beast: the MINI John Cooper Works GP Concept.
The two-seater drinks from the essence of racing and draws inspiration from MINI's achievements at the Monte Carlo Rally in 1967. All that is to be seen is the compact proportions, the carbon fiber side skirts and the prominent spoiler. Inside, the safety cage joins little more than a pair of low-mounted wraparound seats with five-point seatbelts and a cleanly designed dashboard.
The heart on the race track
We will not see it for a few days in Frankfurt, but MINI wanted to give us this preview full of photos to get our teeth long. For BMW, this is a car in which to have fun, both on track and on the road. No more pretensions. The concept includes the witness of the MINI John Cooper Works GP 2012 and MINI Cooper S with the John Cooper Works GP kit, of which only 1,000 units of each were made. Will BMW have the same plans with the new concept?
The design shows compact and light forms; is significantly wider than the current MINI. A broad front, carbon fiber side skirts and a flamboyant spoiler. Precisely, the use of lightweight materials such as carbon fiber gives the concept an optimized power-to-weight ratio to which a balanced weight distribution is added. Also add Racetrack multi-spoke 19 inch wheels.
With a low profile, the MINI John Cooper Works GP Concept carries large air intakes, elliptical headlights and the hexagonal radiator grille, which sharpens the identity of the car. He has been dressed in a Black Jack Anthracite finish that fluctuates between gray and black and contrasts with the Curbside Red metallic color.
The number 0059 seen on the side corresponds to the year of birth of the MINI: 1959. The large surfaces are bordered by precisely formed air ducting elements and the positioning of the LED taillights towards the outside of the rear highlights the dynamic car focus.
No distractions inside
The interior of the concept is aimed at achieving maximum performance on the track: the control is assumed with a set of digital instruments and the Head-Up Display puts the relevant information by hand in the line of the driver's eye. The gearshift, on the steering wheel.
As the digitization dictates, the screen is in large screen format; the large emergency cut button and the traditional MINI switches with start / stop button are left to provide a bridge between the digital and analog worlds.
Inside the two-seater is the careful design of the front cabin and an aseptic rear part surrounded by the anti-roll cage. The shiny aluminum safety cage contrasts with the black 3D printed parts of the doors and dashboard and with the Highspeed orange that adorns the belt straps, seats and steering seams.