Mini Reveals its John Cooper Works GP Concept to Commemorate 50 Years Old Win
A few days after it announced an electric concept for the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show which will start next week, Mini john cooper has again unveiled yet another sportier concept that’ll join it and will be electric too, as well.
The new entry, the Mini John Cooper Works GP Concept is a way for the brand to pay homage to its victory at the Monte Carlo Rally, that happened 50 years ago. In 1967, one of Mini’s original ‘Flying Finns’, Rain Aaltonen, won the Monte Carlo Rally in a David vs Goliath contest where a little Mini beat Porsche 911s, BMWs, Opels, Renaults etc.
The win by the Mini has been etched in the history as one of the greatest stories in the motor sport and hence, it is apt that Mini chose to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Monte victory by making a limited edition special.
However, we’ll have to settle only for a design study as the John Cooper Works GP Concept is just a styling proposal. Although, the car looks production-ready.
In a still continuing trend, the concept is wider than any present Mini Coopers along with larger rear and front aprons as well as more prominent side skirts and a larger roof spoiler. Mini’s designers have made use of a plenty of carbon fiber and left it just like that, to showcase to the onlookers that the car is about power-to-weight ratio.
On the front end, the look has been dominated by more aerodynamic components, like the moulder air deflectors that run around the vehicle’s sides, as well as a black anthracite paint finish, which is contrasted by matte red accents.
Usual Mini features like its hexagonal grille and elliptical headlights have been left intact, and further aggressive cues such as the bonnet bulge and a roof scoop intake have been included too. When the car is viewed from the side, a graphic reading “0059” is visible referring to the year when the original Mini was developed in 1959.
At the rear end, the new Mini John Cooper Works GP has the same half-Union Jack taillights similar to the electric concept, however, its prominent roof spoiler still dominates.
For interiors, the designers stripped the car’s interior to the bare essentials, with a fire extinguisher and a pair of bucket seats on board, minus carpet or any comfort features. The car has been fitted with a proper racing harness and additionally, a full roll cage apart from lightweight 3D-printed parts in the car doors and instrument panel.