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The Concorse d’eleganza villa d’esta 2014 was enough to create a delightful disco in the hearts of any collector, car enthusiasts from around the globe. It presented some of the finest pieces of craftsmanship – a unique blend of art and engineering poured into the rarest one-off, coach built vehicles on this planet. BMW stole the show when it unveiled the ‘MINI Superleggera Vision’, an open-two-seater car created in collaboration between the German automaker and the exemplary Turin-based coachmaker, Touring Superleggera.
The electric 2-seater MINI superleggera vision outwits at capturing the essence of a classic roadster. Andres Warming, Head of Mini Design fondly uses the words ‘energetic’ and ‘minimalistic’ to describe this vision of beauty. Louis de Fabribeckers, Head of Design of Touring Superleggera joins the praise stating: "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."
The Classic MINI: Inside & Outside
The car flashes a Como blue finishing, to the hand-made aluminum bodywork of the Mini Superleggera Vision. The front of the classic electric roadster uses distinctive circular headlights and a hexagonal grille, which butters up the roadster’s wide track stance and particularly curved wheel arches. The classic MINI hood stripes are three-dimensionally embossed that goes all the way up to its polished aluminum accents. It has a flat front splitter made of carbon fiber, two fog lights and air inlets making circular shapes around the headlamps, giving a glimpse of the horizontally ribbed radiator grille.
Encompassed by tight, seamless surfaces, the side view follows an exact movement from the front wheels through to the rear known as the ‘touring line’. It embodies the excellent craftsmanship used while placing vast aluminum sheets by hand using an arrangement of frame structures. Its gracefully narrowed rear has its very own British touch in a form of a Union Jack.
Carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) was used for the splitter, side sills and diffuser that gives it a sporty panache.
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 MINI Superleggera Vision is beyond doubt one of the most perfectly proportioned concept cars created by mankind. With that let’s hope for the good of mankind that BMW considers producing this beauty at some point. We cannot stop thinking of John Keats Endymion poem that flaunts the line ‘a thing of beauty is joy forever’.