MINI and 75-year-old British fashion designer Paul Smith presented their next joint project on August 12 in London – the Strip show car based on the MINI Cooper SE electric three-door. As a result of “radical striptease”, the hatchback has lost almost all decorative trim inside and outside. The intentionally rude undressing took place under the motto “Simplicity, transparency, environmental friendliness”.
The bare metal of the body panels is covered with a transparent paint that protects against corrosion, but does not hide the sanding marks on the galvanized surfaces. The grille, wheel arch liners (with exposed screws) and roof fittings are made from recycled plexiglass.
Bumper parts are 3D printed. The wheel caps seem to improve aerodynamics. The Cooper SE still develops 135 kW (184 hp, 270 Nm), travels 225-234 km (WLTP) without recharging and exchanges a hundred in 7.3 seconds.
“A vibrant composition of five flowers” is encircled with a recycled cork. Bare metal is painted in a “dominant” blue hue. The front panel is made of translucent smoked glass. Displays are replaced by a smartphone. The seats are upholstered in jersey. The multi-wheel is gutted. Door cards have a grid. The handles are made of aluminum, the handrails are made of rope. The buttons remained only at the bottom of the console.
MINI and Paul Smith believe that through the Strip Concept they have spoken about sustainable design and the sustainability of the auto industry.
“We share the same bold way of thinking about the future. We are proud to have made such a strong statement together, ”said Oliver Heilmer. “I know and love Cooper SE. I think we’ve created something really unique by going back to basics, ”added Paul Smith.
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