2017 MINI John Cooper Works GP Concept – Design Analysis

MINI fatigue is undeniable lately as an enthusiast and for car shoppers alike.  The improvements are so substantive, but the design and image seems frozen in time.  Most of the time.

Then rumbles up a track-attack prototype so extreme that even it hates being a hatchback.  It hates that its breadvan shape lacks the low nose of a supercar or the mid-engined silhouette.

So this JCW GP concept rejects its limitations.  It says: i will create extreme downforce and aero — hatchback shape and all.  It does not accept that front-drive is a demerit on the Nordschleife.

Floating external fenders with ducted air channels front and rear are the most notable changes to the familiar MINI style template.  These widebody additions have a delicious blend of OEM quality and Fast/Furious DIY feel.  The riveted edges catch your eyes and the full-width rear spoiler makes quite a lasting impression.

Allnew bumpers front and rear take their aero ridiculously seriously.  They are carved-out to the extreme and all the better for it.

No mention directly about power for this machine.  But its integrated roll cage and wildly lux racing cabin point to around 350HP at the nose.

The best part of this new GP concept is how well it revitalizes the iconic MINI track hatch template.

2017 MINI John Cooper Works GP Concept