Prior to the IAA (Frankfurt Motorshow) 2017, MINI released information about the JCW GP Concept on basis of the F56 generation. We didn't see any GP for a while, the last one was on basis of the R56 generation.

Whereas the Electric concept showcases Miniís city-friendly EV future, the JCW GP concept flaunts the brandís racing heritage. Although Mini isnít sharing powertrain details, the conceptís two center exhaust pipes and rear-window-mounted fuel filler lead us to believe the GP concept sips good old-fashioned gasoline.

Mini claims the concept draws inspiration from the big-winged, limited-edition 2006 Mini Cooper S John Cooper Works GP and 2013 Mini John Cooper Works GP production cars. This concept car, however, makes those prior modelsí extroverted designs look demure. Notably, the concept features massive fender flares that appear to channel the rear-wing design and chunky fenders found on the classic BMW 3.0 CSL race car.
There are a host of other striking details, including a large carbon-fiber front splitter, a roof-mounted air scoop, cheeky halfĖUnion Jack taillights, a hatch-mounted wing, and a set of chunky 19-inch, 18-spoke wheels behind which are massive disc brakes.

Befitting the JCW GP conceptís racy exterior design is an almost completely stripped-out interior that contains a roll cage, a pair of seats with five-point racing harnesses, a fire extinguisher, a three-spoke steering wheel with paddle shifters, an emergency cut-off switch, a start-stop toggle, and a handful of other controls including a button to adjust the suspensionís settings. The concept also features both a digital gauge cluster and a head-up display. Interestingly, Mini states that parts of the instrument cluster and the door panels were constructed with a 3D printer, while sections of the seats were made using 3D knitting technology.
As is, the Mini JCW GP concept may be just an abstract construction. Nevertheless, weíre hopeful that the conceptís arrival signals the eventual return of the vaunted, limited-edition John Cooper Works GP to the Mini Hardtop model line. Weíll keep our fingers crossed that the conceptís massive fender flares make it to production as well.