MINI Teams-Up With Legendary Italian Coach Builder
The MINI Superleggera Vision is one of the most perfectly proportioned concept cars created by mankind – and that is beyond debate. This mighty machine – which is powered by a smooth electric motor – is the result of a venture between MINI and Touring Superleggera. The latter is one of the most respected coach builders in Italy – and that is beyond debate too. It therefore has classic MINI style cues such as the prominent circular headlights and bonnet stripes, mixed with Italian flair. The latter takes the form of the sweeping profile, the large fin which runs through the centre line of the boot cover, and the striking rear end. Furthermore, the bodywork – which looks like it has been poured over a chassis – is finished with “como blue” paint that in certain lights looks close to liquefied. There are also very few panel gaps as the bodywork was hand crafted with a few large sheets of aluminium, rather than numerous small ones. The interior is special too. Here the concept is simple elegance that steps away from the cluttered dashboards typically associated with new cars. In its place, luxurious leather seats and a matt metallic dashboard. It looks tremendous - and that to is beyond debate.
BMW Executive Discusses MINI Superleggera Vision
BMW owns MINI; so the Senior Vice President of the BMW Group Design, Adrian van Hooydonk, said: "Touring Superleggera and MINI have much in common. Both companies attach great importance to their history and this is something which defines their outward appearance to this day. What is more, they both emphasise iconic design and distinctive solutions. These elements are merged in the MINI Superleggera Vision to create an elegant automobile which interprets a British roadster under the influence of Italian style and hand craftsmanship."
Touring Superleggera Representatives Discuss MINI Superleggera Vision
Touring Superleggera CEO, Piero Mancardi, explained: “We are delighted that MINI wanted to stimulate an independent initiative and particularly Italian design for the first time. “This project also shows MINI's attention to preserving and nurturing the skills of craftsmanship incorporated in modern coach building.”
The company's Head of Design, Louis de Fabribeckers, added: “MINI and Touring both believe that proportions are the key factor of beauty, and share the same values of essentiality and innovation. In this car all unnecessary equipment or decoration is sacrificed, as performance is gained through lightness and efficiency of the bodywork and interior. The Italian touch is in the proportions and the typical waistline.”