MINI designs an exclusive one-off car for charity to toast the royal...

MINI designs an exclusive one-off car for charity to toast the royal wedding

MINI Hatch
photo: MINI

MINI will celebrate the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle with a one-off MINI Hatch. This creation of the iconic British brand will commemorate the special occasion. After that, it will turn into a donation to one of the couple’s charities. After the wedding day on 19 May, this one-of-a-kind MINI will go to The Children’s HIV Association (CHIVA) for public auction.

“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,” explains Oliver Heilmer, Head of MINI Design. “The MINI Design team has created a one-off MINI Hatch for the occasion. Its specially designed roof graphic combines with 3D-printed personalised interior and exterior details as well as special embroidery to make this a MINI like no other.”

MINI Hatch
photo: MINI

The exterior

This unique car is in Crystal White. Silver-blue accent strips lend the body a distinctive look. The black band that wraps around the car features a blue-tinted matt silver paint finish. Recognisable MINI design features in chrome, such as the frame for the hexagonal radiator grille, the door handles and the surrounds for the headlights and rear lights have a blue-black tinted clearcoat. That brings modernity and a freshness of detail to the MINI. Rear lights in Union Jack design and dark-blue matt metallic wheel rims put the finishing touches to its external appearance.

MINI Hatch
photo: MINI

Hand-made roof graphic and 3D printing

A particular highlight of the exterior is the roof’s paint finish, which uses multiple colours. The roof graphic is applied meticulously by hand in several layers and brings together elements of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s national flags – the Union Jack and the Stars & Stripes. The special MINI’s side scuttles around the side turn signal indicators came from the 3D-printer. They also embellish the initials M and H with a heart and rings. When the car is open, they project an exclusive “Just Married” welcome onto the ground in front of the driver’s door and front passenger door.
The MINI Yours Customised programme has given customers the option of turning their MINI into an absolute one-off. (The option is available at selected markets.) That happens with the help of 3D-printed side scuttles, door sill plates and individual light projection.

The interior

The interior is in Satellite Grey leather. It provides the ideal backdrop against which to accentuate the bespoke elements of the MINI. The blue-black tinted clear coat of the chrome exterior elements can also be found on selected chrome interior features. The first names of the bride and groom, plus the wedding date and good wishes found a place at the large trim strip ahead of the front passenger seat. Another special feature of the interior is a special accent in the doors. It is also behind the steering wheel and into the head restraints. Its inspiration was the roof graphic. There is an abstract take on the Union Jack on one side and a Stars & Stripes perforation and stitching on the other.