Mini John Cooper Works GP Concept displayed at Festival of Speed
The Mini is a British institution, a true cult classic and a car that is broadly loved by petrolheads and non-car fans alike. Since it’s 60’s dawn, the Mini has gone on to carve out an illustrious pedigree and it’s this pedigree that shows through in the Mini John Cooper Works GP Concept. Track and racing orientated Mini’s are nothing new. For the initiated when you think of Mini you may instantly think of the classic number 37 being thrown around on the Col de Turini by Paddy Hopkirk back in the 1960’s Monte Carlo Rallies. Mini’s also featured prominently in the British Saloon Car Championship, (now British Touring Car Championship), as they took on the might of American Muscle racing against the like of the enormous Ford Galaxies. Enormously outgunned in the face of mighty V8 engined machines the Mini truly came into its own out on the twisty stuff. Fast forward nearly 60 years and the Mini is enjoying a strong renaissance period after being purchased by BMW back in 2000. Despite being German-owned the Mini is still constructed in the UK out of BMW’s Cowley facility in Oxford and hasn’t lost sight of its racing roots. It’s this heritage on which the marques latest ‘hot’ Mini has been built on. Welcome then, to the Mini John Cooper Works GP Concept. With the new hatch due in 2019 we can expect to see a new hot version arriving shortly after in 2020 and this concept car illustrates some design cues to look out for. Whilst similar in shape to the current hatch, this concept car takes even the most extreme iteration of the John Cooper Works cars to the next level. Featuring large front and rear aprons, side skirts, front splitter and rear wing this machine certainly lays claim to some serious track credentials, however, it is unlikely to feature design work this aggressive come the production model but is an exciting glimpse all the same into what could be. Other exciting features such as the Union Jack tail lights are already in production with the current hatch and offer a patriotic nod to this cars roots. If you are a fan of Mini’s work, this concept will stir the senses and demonstrate that this brand has lost none of its motorsport heritage. Whatever guise the new John Cooper Works GP takes in future, it will be exciting to see how this capable machine stacks up against its hot hatch rivals. Whetted your appetite for Mini ownership? We are delighted to now offer a great range of Mini’s at our newly reopened West Malling facility. Be sure to check out our website for the full selection.