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In today’s look at the book MINI Design Past Present Future, we look at the early stages of the R56.

It’s interesting to see how MINI design was trying to deal with the coming pedestrian regulations dictating taller hood and more space between the hood and the engine. Also obviously in the sketches, designers were trying to find the right balance between that friendly MINI face and the aggressive nature of current automotive design.

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