There's a lot of aero work gone on here too, and like the last Works GP in 2012, adjustable suspension is fitted offering a lower ride height for track work. MINI driving modes, a performance control function, comfort access and a sports leather steering are met with an eight-speed automatic transmission with gearshift paddles under the skin.
Called the JCW GP Concept, the competition-inspired MINI points the way to the third-generation GP hatch.
The concept is wider and lower than a standard Mini, with large front and rear spoilers, and carbonfibre liberally applied for weight minimisation. Mini is showing off its own version of a street/track auto and it is a very good looking vehicle called the Mini John Cooper Works GP Concept.
The upcoming production version of the new Mini John Cooper Works GP Concept due out in 2019, however, is expected to run a powered up version of the turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol unit used by the latest John Cooper Works model. They have a multi-spoke layout, with Curbside Red metallic accents and Highspeed Orange highlighting the interior of the rims.
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The body of the auto is the most audacious feature with massive carbon fibre fins adorning the panels to ensure optimal airflow and downforce at speed. Bulbous wheelarches front and rear appear to be made from carbon fibre and sit proud of the rest of the bodywork, while around the front the classic Mini headlights and grill are framed with a scooped bonnet and huge front apron.
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. Based on what Mini's executives have said about the GP concept, this one will be no different.
The bodywork over the rear wheels has been extended with carefully-shaped panels nearly like wings that could potentially help channel air more smoothly down the tail edges of the auto for a reduction in drag. The detail even trickles down to the finer racing appointments like a centrally mounted windscreen wiper.