Now enter the John Cooper Works GP Concept, which is arguably the most exciting one-off the Oxford-based company has come up with in recent memory. Set to join the Electric Concept at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, the Batman-esque brawler is inspired by the last triumph in the Monte Carlo Rally, which happened exactly 50 years ago. The 1967 edition of the sporting event saw Rauno Aaltonen and co-driver Henry Liddon take the win.
The victory is all the more a part of MINI folklore if you look at the competition: Lancia Flavia 1.3 HF, the Fulvia, a couple of Renault 8 in Gordini attire, and even the Porsche 911 S. “This design study embodies undiluted dynamic flair and the ultimate in driving fun,” claims the company, pointing out that the car picks up the baton from the John Cooper Works GP of 2012 and Cooper S John Cooper Works GP Kit of 2006. What a machine, huh?
As mad as it looks and as fast as it may appear to be, the concept doesn’t want to reveal what makes it tick. MINI gingerly “forgot” to mention the engine, output, drivetrain layout, the lot, which is a serious letdown considering the size of the roof-mounted air intake and the ginormous rear wing. It’s certainly internal combustion, though, based on the digital instrument cluster’s readouts for oil temperature and revs per minute.
Fingers crossed MINI has some good news at the IAA 2017.