• Aug 27th 2009 at 1:00PM
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Mini Clubster S design study by Richard Mitchell – Click above for image gallery

Variety is the spice of life – or so they say, but that seems to be the case over at BMW's Mini division, where the variants of their entertaining little runabout have been pouring out like Cristal in the V.I.P. Room. First came the hatchback, then the cabrio, then the Clubman, a crossover is nearly here, a rally version is rumored to be under consideration, and a coupe concept was just unveiled the other day. But before the party's over, Mini is expected to make a slick little speedster with a sportier flair than its existing convertible. That car could be just around the corner, but one student got tired of waiting and designed one himself.

Rather than simply Photoshopping a more rakish windshield onto the production cabrio (Mini's new coupe concept hadn't been shown when this concept was germinated), Richard Mitchell – a transportation design graduate from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco – instead conceptually started with the BMW 1 Series platform to give his design, called the Clubster S, a longer profile with rear-wheel-drive. Mitchell combined typical Mini touches with design attributes from other examples from England's deep roadster back catalog, and built it into a compelling 1:5 scale clay model, which you can check out along with a series of renderings in the gallery below.

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      • 6 Years Ago
      Why does it look like it is wearing a turtle neck sweater?

      If this is not a model, but someone actually butchered a perfectly good Mini they should be punished.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Can you seriously not tell that that's a model?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Obviously this designer does not drive a car. If he did, he'd know about curb rash.
        • 6 Years Ago
        ceryainly not a mini :p
        • 6 Years Ago
        On the contrary, I'd say he drives better than you.
        • 6 Years Ago
        certainly not a mini :p
      • 6 Years Ago
      I took a number of auto design classes in a former life (when I dreamed of becoming a professional designer). It's common to push a concept design to the extreme. That's why you see so many exaggerated cues, like the tire and wheel sizes. Think of them as part of the stylistic exercise - they're intended to convey some overall theme or feeling about the design.

      That said, I like the direction and the cues from both the Mini and BMW 1. The front end is a little too shouty for my tastes, though.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I like the design, but judging by the coupe's lines the real deal probably won't be much different from the rest of the Mini brand. Just look at the coupe concept, with styling exactly like current Minis from the belt-line down. The roadster will probably be just like the coupe concept only with no roof and twin bulges behind the headrests of the seats. Great idea, though.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Love it! The wheels are overdone though.
      • 6 Years Ago

      ^ is the emote I see in this car.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Like seeing it when it was on display in the hall. Like seeing it here on AB.

      • 6 Years Ago
      Some of you need to open your minds a little bit. Yes it is a pretty far out concept (I like it), but it's details in these concepts that eventually trickle down into production. I hope that BMW breaks the currently rapidly aging mold with the 3rd gen Mini and goes in a different direction. I don't think that updating the current design, like the New New New Beetle, will do this time. I could definitely see this front end with the exposed mouth and high hoodline in the next gen Mini.
        • 6 Years Ago
        "...apparently unaware this was nothing to do with BMW..".

        Um, he started with a 1-series platform, combines typical Mini touches and called it the Coupster S. Right nothing to do with BMW (sarcasm). You do know that Minis are designed and built by BMW. As for you comment on concepts, many wind up in clay model scale form after the initial sketches. They all start somewhere and hopefully wind up as a concept at an auto show,

        Jeez man, chill.
        • 6 Years Ago
        It was drawn by a design student, actual CONCEPTS have cues that make it to production cars. They are also rarely 1:5 clay scale models. You wrote an entire paragraph about this apparently unaware this was nothing to do with BMW, so -1 to you and for JZeke as well for also being oblivious to what a concept is. I don't think the Mini design is tired at all, no more then any other car that has been around so long, you have to stick to the original design in some way, see 2008 Dodge Challenger, 2010 Mustang and even the 2010 Camaro.
      • 6 Years Ago
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        • 6 Years Ago
        To each his own, of course :) I like it until you get near the top where it looks like the car was made taller to be a speedster. Doubt the real deal would ever look this way though..
        • 6 Years Ago
        what... top?

        you realize its topless, yes? are you looking at the same car i am??
      • 6 Years Ago
      ...Was this design done in a cartoon illustration class?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hey there little Ricky, do you drive? you have a little problem hitting your rims on the curb?
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