The intricate artwork was designed in just 10 hours.
We're used to seeing automotive product placements in Marvel and DC movies, such as the Audi e-tron GT driven by Tony Stark in 'Avengers Endgame' and the Mercedes Vision Gran Turismo that featured in 'The Justice League.' This one-off superhero car will not be appearing on the big screen, however.
To celebrate the 80th anniversary of 'The Flash,' Mini has teamed up with a famous comic book artist to create a bespoke Cooper SE electric car. Presented at the Lucca Changes 2020 event dedicated to comics, gaming, animation and fantasy, which was hosted online this year due to the global pandemic, the unique Mini Cooper SE art car was designed by renowned comic book artist Carmine Di Giandomenico, who created more than 34 issues of 'The Flash' comic.
The design is a reinterpretation of issue 123 cover drawn by Carmine Infantino, merging Jay Garrick's classic version of 'The Flash' and Barry Allen's modern version starring in TV shows and movies. Like the original comic book cover, Central City features in the background. Flashes of lightning adorn the front and sides, with the classic superhero appearing on one side and the modern interpretation of the character appearing on the other. A prominent lightning bolt is also applied to the hood, matching the symbol on the comic book character's chest.
Impressively, the intricate design took just 10 hours to create using "mixed techniques". Then again, this isn't too surprising considering the artist drew 56 comic tables in 48 hours back in 2016, earning him the nickname "the fastest cartoonist in the world."
While The Flash is famous for being faster than the speed of light, the Mini Cooper SE's performance is less impressive. An electric motor produces 181 horsepower and 199 lb-ft of torque, enabling a 0-62 mph time of 7.3 seconds and a top speed of 93.2 mph. The battery provides an electric driving range of just 110 miles rated by the EPA.