The German based BMW group being the official auto partner of the London Olympics has already provided 160 BMW 1-Series ActiveE coupes and 40 MINI E hatchbacks, eco-friendly electric vehicles being the theme here. These will be part of both the Olympics and the Paralympics. Now, the Bavarian company has introduced a new unit into the existing fleet. These will be 3 new Mini MINIs!
The name is to be taken literally here because these new Minis are nothing like your standard Mini. These are radio controlled, 1/4 scale models of the Mini Cooper hatchbacks. More amazing is the work these miniature electric cars have been assigned. These RC Minis will be tasked with retrieving javelins, hammers, shot and discuses that players will throw across the field during their events.
“The MINI team was thrilled to be given this challenge to develop a vehicle with such an important and high profile role during the Olympic and Paralympic Games,” said Juergen Hedrich, Managing Director of MINI Plant Oxford.
The Mini MINI is capable of hauling a max weight of 8 kilos or about 18 pounds with their 10 HP electric motor and can last up to 35 minutes on the field on a single charge, after which they need to rest for 80 minutes to get recharged. The radio control has a range of 100 meters.
The Mini MINIs have been given a blue paint job with official orange Olympic livery, and white roof. The Mini MINI comes complete with working headlights, windscreen wipers and even number plates. They are even equipped with Dual vented disc brake and Heavy duty shock absorbers to be able to carry stuff without toppling over.
Its baggage of javelins, hammers, shot and discuses will be stored in a waterproof compartment, accessible through a removable sunroof.
We wonder if Mini plans to make more of these for the public after the Games are over.
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