MINI has already produced two edition of the GP hot hatch in 2006 and 2012. The same treatment will be given to the third-generation hatchback.
MINI states that the concept model is inspired by its victories at the Monte Carlo Rally 50 years ago. The John Cooper Works GP Concept features extreme styling which is unlikely to be carried over in the production model.
The front fascia of the concept features large air intakes and a splitter which gives the car a road-hugging stance. The side profile sports deep side skirts, hollowed-out door handles, fins extending from the rear haunches and slimline ORVMs.
The rear of the John Cooper Works GP features a large wing, diffuser, twin central exhaust pipes and Union Jack tail lights which are also seen on the MINI Electric Concept. The concept is equipped with 19-inch Racetrack lightweight alloy wheels.
The MINI John Cooper Works GP Concept is a two-seater car with a full-on roll cage. The interior is equipped with race bucket seats with five-point harnesses, digital instrument cluster, head-up display and a centre touchscreen to adjust suspension settings.
The seats are finished with smooth black patinated leather and 3D-knit black and white fabric centres and red stitchings. The recessed straps and fabric straps replace the conventional door pulls and handles. The race-ready look is completed with an emergency cut-off switch and fire extinguisher.
MINI has not revealed the technical details of the concept model. The currently sold standard JCW model features a 2-litre four-cylinder turbocharged engine producing 227bhp. So, the third-gen JCW GP should have improved power figures.
The third-gen MINI John Cooper Works GP Concept is aggressively designed with wide wheel arches and track-focused body kit. But MINI has not confirmed about the series production of the concept. The next-gen MINI hatchback is due in 2020. So, we can expect the production version of the JCW GP to be introduced in 2019.