MINI has revealed a one-off collaboration with fashion designer Paul Smith called MINI STRIP chock full of ideas around more sustainable methods of vehicle production.
As the name suggests, the engineers at MINI stripped bare a classic MINI Electric before effectively rebuilding a new version of MINI, with sustainability playing a key part in decisions over materials used.
“I’m incredibly grateful for the opportunity to rethink the iconic MINI. I know and love the existing car, but by respecting the past and looking to the future we have created something very special,
"I feel very privileged that the MINI team have given me the confidence and freedom to think laterally about the approach to the design of the car. Together, I think we have created something truly unique, by going back to basics, reducing things down and stripping the car” said Paul Smith.
The finished car is a slimmed down version of the MINI, harking back to the original 1960s version of the car, with recycled plastics used liberally, and there's even a distinct lack of paint, instead the team decided to use a thin cover of transparent paint to protect against corrosion. Recycled perspex is used for the panoramic roof and minimalism is also evident inside the special car. Knitted fabric is used on the seats, the steering wheel.