Mini John Cooper Works GP Concept revealed

Mini John Cooper Works GP Concept is for the track and street

According to BMW Group, the concept "picks up the baton" following on from the 2012 JCW GP and the Cooper S of 2006 with a JCW GP kit. "What we're looking at here is maximum performance, maximum Mini", he said.

Nope - this is a design study after all.

Mini isn't saying much more about the car's spec, aside from hints of less weight for a superior power-weight ratio and an evenly balanced weight distribution. The front end gives the impression this MINI means business with large air intakes and precisely molded air deflectors. More subtle is the prominent air scoop in the bonnet top.

Fashioned from carbon fibre, the new front bumper flows back to form two vertical wing elements that sit proud of the front fenders, giving the new concept the impression of added width.

The overall shape follows modern MINI tradition, with narrowing windows and a rising shoulder line.

The motorsport theme continues at the rear, with aerodynamic refinement implied by free-floating blades on the car's flanks, mirroring those that surround the front wheels. That refers to the year 1959 when the classic MINI was born.

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Conceived as a road-legal tack vehicle, thanks to a huge front apron, side skirts, air vents and rear wing, it looks ferocious even when standing still.

With a paint finish in shades of grey and accents in red, inside and out, the Mini JCW GP Concept is a mix of the future and the past.

"[The car] is all about the unfettered feeling of driving and levels of performance found in motor sport competition", said Peter Schwarzenbauer, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, responsible for MINI, Rolls-Royce and BMW Motorrad.

The car's interior features sports seats resplendent in leather and cloth, while the exterior adopts new 17-inch alloy wheels. Lightweight panels between the roll cage and interior surfaces complete the look with a finish that matches the outside of the auto.

The interior of the concept as easy as possible: engineers have removed all the trim, replaced door handles cloth straps, removed the audio system and climate. The detail even trickles down to the finer racing appointments like a centrally mounted windscreen wiper.

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