The Works GP concepts previews the ultimate hardcore Mini at Frankfurt

MINI to unleash Cooper GP concept at Frankfurt

This is the MINI John Cooper Works GP Concept, which will be revealed at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show.

Unlike the Electric Mini Concept, the Works GP has a real interior, continuing the racer aesthetic inside with a visible roll-cage and an nearly complete cutting back on the interior trim. MINI was quick to point out that both those models were limited to 2,000 units each, suggesting this GP Concept will eventually head to production in limited quantities. The MINI John Cooper Works GP concept is the modern racing essence of a MINI according to the Brits and we certainly hope the production model will stay true to this motto. Motorsport-inspired styling modernizes the new Works GP Concept and gives it a certain boy-racer gusto that even others in the category may find hard to match.

Drawing its inspiration from the 2006 Mini Cooper S Works GP and the 2012 Mini John Cooper Works GP, the new GP concept gets an aggressive, track-focused design. "What we're looking at here is maximum performance, maximum MINI".

Mini isn't prepared to reveal exactly what's under the car's bulging hood, but Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President BMW Group Design, promises it won't disappoint. There are a few trademark Mini toggle switches and a large (and slightly worrying) emergency cut-off button to provide some analogue relief. There's a head-up display as well as a digital instrument cluster.

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Mini is not making any claims about the mechanical package of the John Cooper Works GP Concept.

Made mostly out of carbon fibre to be light and sturdy, the GP Concept has kept the ethos of the classic Mini models at heart by having 50/50 weight distribution and an excellent power-to-weight ratio for that signature go-kart feel.

For those unfamiliar with the GP badge, it denotes a vehicle one step above the John Cooper Works grade.

Its three years since the current MINI Clubman landed in Australia and now the five-door (or is that six-door?) wagon is set to benefit from some extra features for 2018.

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