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Monte Carlo winning Mini JCW GP Concept tribute takes extreme measures


Easily one of its most radical models to date, Mini has taken the covers off the John Cooper Works (JCW) GP Concept ahead of the Frankfurt Motor Show next week.

Build to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Rauno Aaltonen and co-driver Henry Liddon's victory in the Monte Carlo Rally, the JCW GP Concept is claimed to deliver "driving fun in its purest form", despite not having been confirmed for production yet.

Unlike the previous JCW GPs launched in 2006 and 2012, the latest model takes matters to the extreme with 19-inch multi-spoke black wheels contrasted in Curbside Red Metallic and Highspeed Orange, a black hexagonal honeycomb grille with horizontal centre red finish, Black Jack Anthracite paint finish, pronounced front splitter again with centre red accents, deep front air intake, bonnet scoop, a WRC-style carbon fibre rear wing and widened rear fenders to improve air flow.

As well as centrally mounted dual exhausts, "pointer" LED taillights, expansive diffuser and carbon fibre side skirts, the Concept also eschews creature comforts in that its features a completely stripped-out interior with racing spec bucket seats complemented by five-point racing harnesses, Heads-Up Display, lack of rear seats, headliner and door panels, aluminium roll cage, digital instrument cluster, gear shift paddles, and straps for door pulls.

In addition, a fire extinguisher now occupies the position of the gear lever between the front seats, while 3D knitting, red Mini and John Cooper Works GP Concept logos on the doors and red 0059 badging on the glove compartment in reference to Aaltonen / Liddon's racing number complete the transformation.

No engine or performance details were however revealed.

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