Get your crash helmet and your overalls ready - Mini's latest concept auto is ready for the track.
Known under the internal working title R59 GP3, the third-generation Mini John Cooper Works GP is planned for launch towards the end of the model cycle for the existing hatchback in 2019.
And the top-spec John Cooper Works variant pics up wireless phone charging, wireless Apple CarPlay and MINI Find Mate.
"[The car] is all about the unfettered feeling of driving and levels of performance found in motor sport competition", said Peter Schwarzenbauer, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, responsible for MINI, Rolls-Royce and BMW Motorrad.
There's no word on projected power for this concept, but considering your standard John Cooper Works Mini puts out 228 horsepower from a 2.0-liter turbo four, presumably this has something more like 250 HP or so on tap. Most of these aero parts are made from carbon fibre for added exotica.
"And there's new-look 17" alloy wheels as well. Matching those of the recently unveiled MINI Electric Concept, the rear LED headlamps each bear a half Union Jack motif, and additional LED "rain lamps" are integrated into a diffuser that surrounds twin centrally mounted exhaust outlets.
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.
The treatment brought to the interior of the latest Mini concept is every bit as hardcore as that applied to its exterior. There are a few trademark Mini toggle switches and a large (and slightly worrying) emergency cut-off button to provide some analogue relief.
Inside, it is stripped out meaning there are no rear seats, carpeting, or even interior panels except for the door cards. Other track-inspired elements include a simple dashboard with heads-up display, and touch-control adjustment of suspension settings.
Mini is not making any claims about the mechanical package of the John Cooper Works GP Concept.