Published: Thu, September 07, 2017
Tech | By Constance Martin

Say Hello To The Mini Cooper From Hell

Say Hello To The Mini Cooper From Hell

It's called the Mini John Cooper Works GP, and as you can make out from the pictures, it's quite the antithesis of the EV concept from last week. Look back to former John Cooper Works iterations that were developed for the track and brought to the road to remind us of its legacy in racing, each becoming quicker and more precise as time goes on. We should know more about this, and especially its engine, as of September 14th, during this 67th edition of the Frankfurt Motor Show.

The auto is significantly wider than the current Mini with large front and rear aprons along with side skirts and a roof spoiler.

Meet the new Mini John Cooper Works GP Concept, due for the Frankfurt Motor Show next week. To keep weight at a minimum, carbon fiber was used, which also helps maintain an evenly balanced weight distribution.

"[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 body of the vehicle is the most audacious feature with massive carbon fibre fins adorning the panels to ensure optimal airflow and downforce at speed. Matching those of the recently unveiled MINI Electric Concept, the rear LED headlamps each bear a half Union Jack motif, and additional LED "rain lamps" are integrated into a diffuser that surrounds twin centrally mounted exhaust outlets.

MINI John Cooper Works GP Concept
MINI to unleash Cooper GP concept at Frankfurt

Large air channels are also seen on the rear quarter panels, further emphasizing the focus on aerodynamics. A big emergency cut-off button is on the dash and the auto uses a start/stop button.

The car's interior features sports seats resplendent in leather and cloth, while the exterior adopts new 17-inch alloy wheels.

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.

Red detailing is everywhere, from the bumpers to the wheels and even the headlights.

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