MINI has patented the stunning Superleggera concept released earlier this year. These photos (via Jokeforblog) show off the concept in all of it’s black and white glory and two dimensional glory. Why has MINI done this and does it it mean we can expect a production version?
There are several reasons for the Superleggera to be patented as a concept. For one the ability and speed for some Chinese manufacturers to outright copy cars means that companies like BMW need to go to extra efforts to protect their designs – even in concept form. Automakers will often sell the rights to produce popular concepts to model makers for years to come. Without these copyrights anyone could produce a car resembling the Superleggera.
Then there’s the other reason. That MINI is laying the ground-work for the Superleggera to go into production. That of course is the much more exciting idea considering no MINI concept has ever captured the collective automotive world’s imagination as much as the little roadster.