The British automaker is looking to rekindle the good old days of 1960s rallying, when the Mini was claiming victories all over the place – most of all at the iconic Monte Carlo Rally.
And it’s doing it with a bonkers concept that looks really fun to drive if it ever hit the street in this form – the Mini John Cooper Works GP Concept – ready to become official in front of the worldwide audience of the Frankfurt Motor Show. “The MINI John Cooper Works GP Concept is all about the unfettered feeling of driving and levels of performance found in motor sport competition,” comments Peter Schwarzenbauer, the man in charge of Mini on BMW’s board of management. “This is driving fun in its purest form.”
We might be inclined to agree – it’s decidedly a Mini GP concept, bundled with everything: wings, inlets, outlets, air intakes, carbon fiber everywhere, with flashy front and airplane-like up-most part of the rear. Again, just like with the Mini Electric, we have to give kudos to the designers for the Union Jack flag motif integrated into the taillights. The interior is race-ready with stripped out elements, a roll bar and a pair of race seats with five-point harnesses – and there’s also a heads-up display for vital info and paddle shifters on the wheel. No technical details have been advanced, and this looks more like decidedly ready for the track – not a Monte Carlo WRC stage with full blast AWD.