Special Mini launched in support of AIDS charity; full reveal in Vienna

These are the first official images of the Mini 2011 Life Ball, a design conceived for a charity event for AIDS.

The special edition Mini is the brainchild of Canadian twins Dean and Dan Caten, better known as the designer duo DSQUARED.

See the official pics of the Mini 2011 Life Ball

Based on the Mini Cooper S, the design is inspired by Mini's new World Rally Championship car. According to the brothers: "If we were a car, it would be rugged and robust.

“Our Mini 'Red Mudder' is an accurate reflection of that. With the maple leaf on both doors and the DSQUARED logo on the front shield and wheels, this is unmistakably our style."

Features of the car include jacked up suspension, off-road tyres, rally-inspired headlamps and tinted windows. Inside, the unique Mini gets a compass and aluminium floor mats for ease of cleaning.

Past designers to support the charity event have included Versace, Diesel, Missoni and Gianfranco Ferré.

Currently in its 19th year, Life Ball will be held in Vienna on 21 May.

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