Straight from the minds of the masters of cutting-edge quirkiness comes another concept that’s headed for the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. With so many concepts already scheduled to be unveiled at the event, MINI ’s not the type to miss out on all the action. So they decided to join in on the fun with the Rocketman Concept.
The vehicle, which is being positioned as a “3+1”-seater, is in its concept and design stages, so we’re going to hold our breaths to see if the reception in Geneva is good enough to warrant a production version.
As far as aesthetics are concerned, MINI gave the Rocketman quite a doozy of unique features, including doors that open by having the entire sill come out together with the door. There’s also the obligatory full LED headlights and tail lights, doses of carbon fiber on the front and rear, a waistline line strip, a wraparound greenhouse, a cool glass roof configuration that features the Union Jack, and a set of 18” alloy wheels that have aerodynamically active surfaces. And that’s not to mention the fact that the whole concept is built with a carbon spaceframe, giving it a light and stiff underpinning.
UPDATE 12/27/11: Is the MINI Rocketman headed to the production line? MINI’s Head of Design, Anders Warming, has made it known that the car is on his "Christmas wish list" and the reception towards the concept from customers has been nothing short of positive. With that said, we’re not going to jump excitedly until a confirmation is made. But it is pretty exciting to know that discussions are already in place to have the Rocketman Concept green-lighted for production.
More details on the MINI Rocketman Concept after the jump.
Inside the car, the seating configuration is what’s most striking about the Rocketman Concept. Designed as a two-seater, with the typical passenger seat next to the driver seat, the Rocketman gets its “3+1”-seater designation because of two hidden seats. One is located just behind the front passenger seat and can be used when the main passenger seat is slid forward slightly and the other is located beside the driver’s seat to accommodate a passenger. Adding a more ambient and luxurious touch to the interior of the Rocketman includes a prevalent use of what looks to be suede leather on the dash and center console, as well as the integration of optical fibers that provide an ambient mood lighting inside the car.
For a brand that doesn’t lack in city cars, MINI’s new Rocketman Concept may end up being the one that captures our imagination - that is if this concept finds its way into production.