British automaker Mini and iconic designer Paul Smith are back with another new project. Called the Mini Recharged, it’s a change from the classic 1998 Mini Paul Smith Edition, with a nod to the past and a progressive look to the future.
Refining the limited 1998 Paul Smith Edition Mini model prototype (limited to 1,800 units only), Smith wanted to maintain the original Mini design ethos with this one-of-a-kind project. That said, Sir Alec Issigonis’ style on the two-door bodywork has remained untouched, providing refilled Mini classic and simple look.
However, as the Paul Smith Edition, the one-off EV came in bright blue paint, said to be one of Smith’s favorite shirts. Meanwhile, the battery case comes in a lime green, reminiscent of the color palette of the 90s.
“When you move into your old aunt’s flat, out of respect you don’t change everything, but you do some modernizing,” said Sir Paul Smith.
Inside, the Mini Recharged adopts the minimalist approach of the Mini Strip that was presented in Munich last year. Paul Smith is also the designer behind the concept, which he applied to this bespoke project.
That said, the Mini’s bodyshell stays open with only a rustic floor mat made from recycled rubber mats laid over metal. There is a magnet near the steering wheel to house the smartphone, replacing all the buttons and controls on the dashboard except the speedometer. The steering wheel is also fully removable for easy entry and exit.
Meanwhile, the conversion to an EV was handled by engineers from ‘Recharged Heritage Limited,’ installing a 72 kilowatt electric motor. The exact range of the one-off EV was not disclosed in the release.
The Mini Recharged by Paul Smith will be featured in metal at Salone del Mobile 2022 in Mila, alongside the Mini Strip from last year.