The all-electric MINI concept will be unveiled at the IAA Cars 2017 show in Frankfurt, Germany next month, as the sub-branch of BMW Group now previews a more racing-focused MINI with the John Cooper Works GP Concept, also to be revealed at that same auto show.
Drawing inspiration from the 2006 MINI Cooper S Works GP and the 2012 MINI John Cooper Works GP, the new GP concept gets an aggressive design intended for the race track. The vehicle flaunts a wider and lower John Cooper Works hardtop, large air intakes, new side skirts, a huge diffuser, a wing and also a roof scoop.
The use of lightweight materials such as carbon fiber optimizes the car’s power-to-weight ratio to evenly balanced weight distribution and achieve the brand’s signature go-kart feeling.
Inside, the cabin has been stripped almost completely but incorporate a built-in roll cage, two seats with five-point racing harnesses, a head-up display that places important information for the situation at hand directly in the driver’s eye-line, allowing absolute focus on the road, while paddle shifters let your hands stay on the wheel.
While there’s no information on its engine and performance, Peter Schwarzenbauer, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG and head of Mini shared, “The MINI John Cooper Works GP Concept is all about the unfettered feeling of driving and levels of performance found in motor sport competition. This is driving fun in its purest form.”
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