The concept is certainly a lot lower and wider with a lot more rubber on the road than even the current most sporting Minis. There’s a lot of aero work gone on here too, and like the last Works GP in 2012, adjustable suspension is fitted offering a lower ride height for track work. Like its 2012 production forebear the concept is a two-seater only with a roll cage.
Mini isn’t saying much more about the car’s spec, aside from hints of less weight for a superior power-weight ratio and an evenly balanced weight distribution. It will have to be the fastest Mini in production – the last one had 215bhp for 150mph and 0-62mph in 6.3secs – but there’s no word yet on what its performance will be. It is petrol-powered though, with likely choice being an uprated a version of the 230bhp 2.0-litre turbo motor, witness the familiar twin tailpipes and steering wheel-mounted gearshift paddles.
Inside the pared-back cabin, the two seats are racing buckets with five-point harnesses. Other track-inspired elements include a simple dashboard with heads-up display, and touch-control adjustment of suspension settings. Like all the Best Minis the doors are opened by a tug on a strip of fabric.