MINI John Cooper Works GP Concept is pocket rocket that can tear up the track

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This concept car picks up the baton from the 2012 MINI John Cooper Works GP and 2006 MINI Cooper S with John Cooper Works GP Kit. Produced in strictly limited numbers (2000 examples each), these two models explored the outer limits of their performance capability at the time.

The design of the MINI John Cooper Works GP Concept majors on purity and emotional richness. Significantly wider than the current MINI hatchback, the design study exudes dynamism and power.

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Large front and rear aprons, side skirts and a prominent roof spoiler create a confident appearance. The use of lightweight materials such as carbon fibre optimises the car’s power-to-weight ratio. And evenly balanced weight distribution is a ticket to MINI’s signature go-kart feeling.

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The interior of the MINI John Cooper Works GP Concept is pared back to its core elements, its roll-cage joined on board by little more than a pair of low-mounted bucket seats with five-point belts and a cleanly designed instrument panel. Gearshifting is by paddles on the steering wheel.

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A rear seat bench, headliner and conventional door trim panels are conspicuous by their absence, sacrificed in the interests of weight minimisation. The doors are opened using recessed grips with fabric straps, leaving the driver and passenger to clamber out through the roll cage in the usual racing-car style.

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Story originally appeared on Torque.

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