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MINI Rocketman updated for Olympics

MINI has released a new edition of the Rocketman Concept, which was presented at the International Geneva Motor Show 2011.

The new design of the MINI Rocketman Concept combines ideas for personal mobility in major cities with unmistakably British design features inside and out. The new car will be on show in the BMW Group Pavilion, which is located close to the Olympic and Paralympic Village and will act as a showcase for the company during the Games.

The MINI Rocketman Concept is a 3+1-seater, with three doors and an exterior length of just over three metres. The concept car approaches classic Mini territory in terms of dimensions, while advanced technology underpins what MINI call "a lifestyle-focused mobility solution equipped for life in large cities such as London over the years ahead". The MINI Rocketman Concept's spaceframe is made from carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic, enabling a lightweight construction.

The red white and blue the Union Jack feature prominently throughout, and the body's non-metallic paintwork is interspersed with exposed carbon components at the front end and around the doors. The 18-inch light-alloy wheels have white polished areas and a metallic red accent, while matt Porcelain White paintwork is also used for the mirror caps, boot opener and surrounds for the radiator grille and headlights.

Another feature is the distinctive lighting design for the roof. The concept car has a full-surface glass roof, whose illuminated braces recreate the look of the Union Jack. Even when the roof is not illuminated, the braces - running horizontally, lengthways and diagonally - continue to shine in bright Porcelain White. In darkness, the integrated optical fibres provide indirect illumination of the interior and is visible from the outside. The roof's transparent surfaces are bordered by a metallic red painted strip.

On the inside, door panels and rear side sections are trimmed in dark blue nubuck leather, while the familiar MINI elliptical door rings provide an effective contrast with their white leather. The circular surrounds for features such as the air vents, door pulls and stereo speakers, are split into two sections and consist of a red inner ring and white outer ring.

The seat surfaces blend blue nubuck leather with an innovative textile fibre. The upper sections of the seats' side bolsters are made from a rubberised material whose composition takes its cues from high-performance sports textiles and shoes. The seat belts also share the dark blue tone of the seat surfaces, while thin red and white strips add extra flourishes.

Maintaining the Olympic theme, the stowage compartment on the centre console between the driver and front passenger symbolises a basketball court with miniature players. The key fob for the new concept car, meanwhile, comes in the form of a rocket decked out in British national colours. Other interior features include a rucksack attached behind the front passenger seat, which is made from the same rubberised material used for the seat bolsters and also sports the three-dimensional cockpit motif.

The new edition of the MINI Rocketman Concept has been prepared as part of BMW's responsibility as the Official Automotive Partner to the London 2012 Olympic Games. At present there are still no plans to put the car into production.

Posted on 14.06.2012
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