Mini teamed up with Milan, Italy-based coachbuilder Touring Superleggera to build the Superleggera Vision, a sultry two-seat Mini roadster shown at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este. The concept car is powered by an electric drivetrain, and nearly all its body panels are crafted from aluminum.
The stylists at Touring Superleggera still hand-form large aluminum sheets to create body panels, and as a result, there are very few gaps in the Mini Superleggera Vision's exterior. Compared to a standard Mini, the passenger compartment has been moved back, and its short windshield has been steeply raked, speedster style. The front grille is closed off, as there is no engine to cool, and a narrow, straked hood leads away from the rounded nose. Behind the snug cabin, a vertical fin sits atop a flat decklid, which leads to a set of LED taillights with inserts meant to look like the Union Jack flag.
As for the cabin, Touring Superleggera endowed the Mini concept with a curved dashboard formed from a single piece of aluminum. Because the car is designed to show off a back-to-basics ideal, many interior surfaces are unpainted, and there are few controls and switches. A three-spoke steering wheel pokes out from the aluminum dashboard, and the exposed door structures, like the taillights, form the same of the Union Jack.
"The MINI Superleggera Vision elegantly perpetuates what the Classic Mini started 55 years ago: reduction to the essentials," head of Mini Design Anders Warming said in a statement. "Its energetic, minimalistic design embodies the dynamic essence of an automobile."
Despite its stunning looks, Mini currently has no plans for a car like the Superleggera Vision to enter production.