MINI Design Past Present Future

Yesterday we told you about MINI’s new design book and gave you a sneak peak at it’s first few pages. Today we’re back with a bit more of the early part of the book.

But first it’s important to note that while the book is only available in German for the time being, MINI may consider producing an english edition if the feedback on MotoringFile is positive and strong enough. So if you’d be interested in the ultimate coffee table book about MINI design, let us know in the comments section. But if you want it now, check back later today for a chance to win your very own copy autographed by head of MINI design Gert Hildebrand.

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As you can imagine the story starts with the R50 and the sketches that inspired it. The ACV 30 (design by current BMW Design Head Adrian Van Hooydonk) starts the story. There are several spreads that show early versions of the car including a silver design mule never before seen. But what’s really fascinating for MINI fans is the look into the first sketches of the R50 and it’s interior. Looking at the dates on the sketches the interior (by Tony Hunter) and exterior (by Frank Stephenson) clearly show a fully realized design direction all the way back in 1997. My personal favorite is Tony Hunter’s 1998 interior sketch of what a rally version of the R50 might look like.

Tomorrow we’ll be back with a look into the GP’s gestation period as well as a look at a fire breathing version of the R56 never (yet) created. Don’t miss it.