THE new MINI John Cooper Works Concept offers a look ahead to the next generation of the elite sports model.
The study car will be presented for the first time at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) 2014, and will feature bespoke elements.
The John Cooper Works model is the result of an overall concept developed on the back of the brand’s many years of motor sport experience.
The concept car is based on the latest-generation MINI.
Its origins are recognisable in the longer wheelbase and wider track over the outgoing model, which has a direct effect on the car’s driving characteristics.
Weight savings and improved aerodynamic properties contribute to the car’s go-kart feeling.
Larger air intakes and air-channelling elements mark out the front of the MINI John Cooper Works Concept, which also features LED headlights and a black surround for the grille.
The model-specific John Cooper Works aerodynamic kit also comprises specially contoured side skirts and a rear apron with flaps and a diffuser element.
The study car further features a roof spoiler and additional body components designed to channel air efficiently around the C-pillars for optimised aerodynamic balance at high speeds.
The vehicle’s paint finish is complemented by John Cooper Works hallmarks like contrasting red for the roof, roof spoiler and exterior mirror caps.
Also included are Sport Stripes, in Chili Red for the bonnet and boot lid, and in white for the roof.
Additional red accents adorn the rim wells of the John Cooper Works light-alloy wheels, the callipers of the sports brakes, the side indicator surrounds and the contour lines of the front and rear apron.
A red accent line also lends particular emphasis to the John Cooper Works logo on the radiator grille.