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Frankfurt Motor Show: Mini GP concept is a motorsport-inspired wild child

Frankfurt 2017 Preview Track-spec Mini JCW GP Concept unleashed image

This one, simply called the Mini John Cooper Works GP Concept, continues the design themes of those production cars, and takes them to an extreme.

The John Cooper Works GP Concept has the outline of the Hatch model but has tacked on fins, spoilers and aerodynamic bodywork to make it as racy as possible.

However, we won't know just how exciting the auto promises to be until the company officially reveals it and its performance figures on September 12 when the Frankfurt motor show opens its doors to the world's motoring press.

Included in the John Cooper Works GP Concept's visual makeover of the standard third-generation Mini John Cooper Works hatchback is a deep front bumper featuring a prominent splitter that protrudes from underneath the grille incorporating a trio of large air ducts.

We have just two words for it.

Mini isn't prepared to reveal exactly what's under the car's bulging hood, but Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President BMW Group Design, promises it won't disappoint.

Frankfurt 2017 Preview Mini unveils track-spec JCW GP Concept

With a paint finish in shades of grey and accents in red, inside and out, the Mini JCW GP Concept is a mix of the future and the past. "This is driving fun in its purest form".

Drawing its inspiration from the 2006 Mini Cooper S Works GP and the 2012 Mini John Cooper Works GP, the new GP concept gets an aggressive, track-focused design.

The entry-level Cooper Clubman is now fitted with MINI's navigation system business suite, and an enhanced driver assistance package comprising automated emergency braking, forward collision warning, city collision mitigation, high beam assist and speed sign recognition. Other track-inspired elements include a simple dashboard with heads-up display, and touch-control adjustment of suspension settings. MINI also used carbon fiber to keep the concept's weight in check and retain that essential "go-kart feeling".

Forget about the news of a tree-hugging electric Mini for a second and feast your eyes on this little beast to come out of John Cooper Works, Mini's dedicated performance arm.

Its three years since the current MINI Clubman landed in Australia and now the five-door (or is that six-door?) wagon is set to benefit from some extra features for 2018.