Mini has decided to show up at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2014 with a new and interesting electric vehicle concept car. Called the MINI Superleggera Vision, their newest invention is an open-top two-seater. It was created in collaboration by MINI and Touring Superleggera. Touring is known worldwide as an automotive design and coach building firm based in Milan, Italy.
The firm is renown for working with Aston Martin and Lamborghini. The new Mini concept is compact and agile. It is, at first glance, a classic roadster. However, its electric drivetrain brings it on par with modern day designs and gives the car a unique dynamic. The Superleggera Vision blends British design and Italian style.
“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,” explained Adrian van Hooydonk, the Senior Vice President of BMW Group Design. “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.”
The Superleggera Vision will feature some of the traditional MINI design icons such as two circular headlights and a hexagonal grille. In addition to these, the new MINI sports sleek sports car features such as curved wheel arches. The electric vehicle is made of hand-shaped metal sheeting. Its inside is high-end, made of materials such as leather, aluminium and black chrome.
Louis de Fabribeckers, Head of design of Touring Superleggera talked about the collaboration with MINI and said about the new electric vehicle: “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.”
At the moment the Superleggera Vision is only a concept car created for the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2014. However, one day this design might become reality. Would you like to drive such a car?
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