Not long after an all-electric Mini John Cooper Works GP prototype was spied testing, the British car manufacturer has lifted the veil on its John Cooper Works Electric that, for now, is officially referred to as a ‘concept’.
The automaker’s press release on the John Cooper Works Electric is scarce on detail, but does confirm Mini is looking to add all-electric vehicles to the JCW sub-brand.
“With the MINI Electric, we’ve shown how well brand-typical driving enjoyment and electric mobility can be combined,” head of the Mini brand Bernd Körber said in a statement. “Now it’s time to translate the passion for performance of the John Cooper Works brand to electromobility. That’s why we’re working to develop concepts for electric John Cooper Works models. With this new focus on electric performance, we’re also creating the opportunity to sharpen the distinctive profile of the John Cooper Works brand more than ever before.”
The vehicle pictured is identical to the one our spy photographers snapped near the Nurburgring four weeks ago. It is wrapped in black and red camouflage and has many parts of the ICE-powered JCW GP grafted onto the Mini Electric. As such, it features the same flared wheel arches, chunkier front fascia and large rear wing. Being electric, the rear diffuser is also void of the two centrally-exiting tailpipes of the current JCW GP.
Mini hasn’t specifically said whether or not the car will hit the production line, but it does state that “future Mini vehicle architectures mean that extreme performance and genuine driving enjoyment will also be available with electric drive as well as combustion engines,” suggesting a production model could be on its way.