BMW has created a special-edition Mini to celebrate the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Megan Markle. Boasting a hand-made graphic print and 3D printed details, the car will be auctioned off for charity.
What could be more British than a royal wedding? A one-of-a-kind Mini Cooper S with a bold graphic on the roof and a set of 3D printed details, that’s what.
Designed by an in-house team at BMW, the hot hatch will be donated to a charity chosen by Prince Harry and Megan Markle, The Children’s HIV Association, for public auction following the royal wedding on 19 May 2018.
“As an iconic British brand with almost 60 years of history in the UK, we are pleased to mark the royal wedding with this special charitable gift,” says Oliver Heilmer, who leads the Mini design team.
“Its specially designed roof graphic combines with 3D printed personalized interior and exterior details as well as special embroidery to make this a MINI like no other,” he enthuses.
A pale shade called Crystal White was chosen for the exterior of the car. A set of silver-blue stripes wrap the body, with a framing black outline featuring a metallic blue tint.
For the roof, the designers created an abstract pattern in shades of black, white, blue and red, meticulously applied by hand in several layers. It combines elements of the British Union Jack flag and the American Stars and Stripes flag, to represent the nationalities of the couple.
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Other details on the exterior include 3D printed signal indicators; these feature the initials “M” and “H” for Megan and Harry, plus a heart and ring symbols. When entering the car, the indicators project the words “Just Married” onto the ground in front of the driver and passenger doors.
Inside the car, the first names of the couple and the date of the wedding are featured on a 3D printed panel opposite the front passenger’s seat, while the leather sun visor is embossed with the words “love is…”
Accents of color from the roof graphic are integrated into the head restraints, the steering wheel and trim strips. On the head restraints, there is a Union Jack pattern on one side and a Stars and Stripes design on the other. The Union Jack can also be found on the rear lights when they are activated.
The big question is, who would wish to be seen driving such a car? Is it a charming memento of the special day? Or is it more of a tacky curiosity overstuffed with hideous embellishments? Let us know in the comments below.
Source: BMW Group