Frankfurt preview: MINI Cooper Works GP Concept

MINI will unveil a new high-performance model in Frankfurt.

MINI has unveiled a new Cooper Works GP Concept that will make its first public appearance at next week's Frankfurt Motor Show.

The Frankfurt concept represents MINI's third Cooper Works GP vehicle, following the Cooper S with John Cooper Works GP Kit in 2006 and the 2012 John Cooper Works GP. Although not officially confirmed, we expect the Frankfurt concept to eventually make production.

The Cooper Works GP Concept is low and wide, with a body kit that looks race car-ready. Up front that includes an aggressive front splitter while the flanks of the concept feature carbon fiber side skirts and unique fender flares with incorporated aero. At the rear, the Cooper Works GP Concept sports a large wing, a number of air vents and central twin tailpipes. Union Jack-themed taillights are also included.

The concept is finished in a color scheme that includes black, Curbside Red metallic and Highspeed Orange. Wheels are lightweight 19-inch units. As a nod to the classic Mini's launch in 1959, car number 0059 is used on the show car.

Inside the Cooper Works GP Concept is essentially a stripped out race car. Door panels have been removed to save weight, and a full roll cage takes up most of the car's interior volume. As such, the concept has no rear seat.

Interestingly, a number of the concept's interior parts are 3D-printed — including the door and instrumental panels — which mean the interior of the car could easily be customized by the buyer.

MINI didn't reveal any technical details on the Cooper Works GP Concept, but the show car is certainly packing an upgraded suspension, race-ready brakes and a more powerful turbocharged engine. Expect to hear more on the technical front next week.

MINI hasn't announced if or when the Cooper Works GP Concept will make production, but we suspect we'll see it in limited numbers sometime in 2018.

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