Handmade Mini concept roadster is an electric dream car come true

Open-top two-seater adds old-school chic to electric car
Handmade Mini concept roadster is an electric dream car come true

The Mini Superleggera Vision is unlikely to ever be mass produced, but it doesn't mean we can't enjoy this concept car for what it is.

If you love the look of the Mini Cooper hatchback, then you'll find this particular Mini very, very attractive. The two-seater vehicle's classic Italian body construction is a throwback to the original hatchback and also comes with hand-shaped metal sheeting.

Trying to keep it classy throughout, BMW says it has focused on traditional coachwork construction while being as minimalist as it can with the design. There's nothing overtly flashy here; clean lines, high-end alumnium, leather and black chrome.

The car is a joint effort between the Mini division and Touring Superleggera, a Milan-based design and coach building house.

Body of classic, soul of an electric

The car is supposed to be the ultimate marriage of British modernity and Italian flair. The word 'superleggera' is Italian for superlight - something achieved by creating a lightweight steel tube frame covered with hand-pounded sheets of aluminum. Pretty neat, eh?

On the "Italian touch", Louis de Fabribeckers, head of design of Touring Superleggera said it was all in the proportions and the typical waistline, saying: “In this car all unnecessary equipment or decoration is sacrificed, as performance is gained through lightness and efficiency of the bodywork and interior.”

Even with the Italian intervention, the Mini manages to include classic design icons associated with the brand. There is the two circular headlights and the definitive hexagonal grille which screams Mini as well as the classic Mini bonnet stripes, three-dimensionally embossed with high-quality polished alumnium accents. The inlaid bonnet is another classic touch, reminiscent of classic British roadsters.

The instrument panel also includes a touch-sensitive control element and two circular instruments with metal surrounds on the right. One houses the analog clock on the right while the second activates a camera integrated between the driver and front passenger seat to capture, BMW says, "those particularly worthwhile moments on the road".

Sadly the release was rather short on details of the engine, but just so you know this is an all-electric vehicle. But otherwise, you can't deny this is one good-looking EV.

[Source: The Verge]