Mini has given its fans a taste of how far it can take the JCW formula at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show when it unveiled the bonkers John Cooper Works GP Concept.
As it turns out, the Mini John Cooper Works GP study is on its way to production. The first prototypes have finally been spotted during testing, and that massive rear wing might be a sign Mini means business with the production version.
The spy shots also allow us to spot bigger brakes and beefier exhaust pipes, while the front end is hard to differentiate from a Cooper S. However, expect the finished car to get a more aggressive face with an extended front splitter and possibly the wider fenders from the concept.
As with its 2006 and 2012 predecessors, the upcoming Mini Cooper Works GP will be built in a limited production run, possibly in an identical number of 2,000 cars. It will be powered by the same 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline sourced from the regular JCW model but tweaked to deliver somewhere around 280-300 horsepower.
That will make it the most powerful Mini production car ever, as well as the fastest, given that the added power will be combined with a slight weight reduction. Expect the Mini John Cooper Works GP to arrive somewhere close to 2020.