This isn’t the first time we’ve seen a John Cooper Works GP version of a MINI hatchback: two previous iterations were created in 2006 and 2012. But this concept is the most extreme GP to date.
It certainly looks aggressive, with aero appendages that seem to have been influenced by the Death Race films, rather than more conventional motorsport. The giant front splitter makes the JCW GP Concept look positively evil head-on, while the entire front section is made from carbon fibre.
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The dramatically sculpted front wings have more in common with a Group B rally car, and lead into side skirts made from – yes, you guessed it – more carbon fibre. Rear quarter panels extended out from the body further the race-spec agenda, while a gigantic rear spoiler is the biggest ever fitted to a MINI.
A full-width diffuser rounds out the rear. The twin centre-exit exhaust tailpipes are flanked by rain lights, whilst the main LED rear light units are designed to resemble half a Union Jack.
Inside is a barren as the outside is dramatic, with just two bucket seats and a rollcage. Forget luxury items like sound deadening, or even roof trim – there’s nothing but bare carbon and metal in here.
There is at least a digital instrument display, along with a large emergency engine cut-off button, should you get too carried away.
Typically, MINI likes to launch John Cooper Works GP variants at the end of a model lifecycle. With the current hatchback having only been on sale since 2014, it’s reasonable to expect to wait a little longer for a production version of the GP Concept.
However, 2019 would coincide with the 60th anniversary of the year the original Mini was launched, setting up a commemorative special edition perfectly.