Just when you think that you’ve figured out how MINI’s mind works, they come out with something that reminds you just how unpredictable these guys are when it comes to their vehicles.

Say you’re taking a long road trip and you’re eyes are starting to become as heavy as sand bags. The prudent thing to do is to find the nearest inn or just park on the side of the road to catch a brief nap. In the case of the Swindon Roof Top Tent Edition, you can actually do the latter by climbing up to the car’s roof-top tent to get some shut eye.

You read that right; this special MINI Cooper model has a tent set-up on where the roof rack was once located.

Unbelievable as that sounds, it’s even more ridiculous to think that the tent actually has space for two people with a working ladder that allows you access to the roof of your car and inside your tent. And if that wasn’t enough, the roof tent has its own "tent box" that you can use to stow away your tent when you’re not using it. Add some pillows, some blankets, and some stuffed teddy bears, and you’re all set for nice and relaxing sleep inside your tent.

Then again, we’re not naive enough to think that this wasn’t just an elaborate - and brilliant - April Fool’s Day joke from the German automaker. If it was, then consider us buying it hook, line, and sinker. To be honest, with all of their special edition models, we’d truly believe this would be something they were capable of.

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  (365) posted on 06.26.2012

I have no idea why people see this as a cool notion.

  (407) posted on 06.25.2012

It’s one of the jokes right? Who can sleep in such a small place on the roof of the MINI? Only kids can sleep on that tiny space.

  (224) posted on 06.22.2012

LOL. Seriously, yeah, who wants to have this inconvenient feature?

  (544) posted on 06.21.2012

It’s good to have a tent, but not with a car. Who want to drive with a Roof Top Tent?

  (194) posted on 06.20.2012

Just like the other joke, it’s such a shame that its functional yet wacky.

  (683) posted on 06.18.2012

What’s with Mini? I thought they were focusing on the performances on each MINI, but what kind of joke is this?

  (831) posted on 06.15.2012

This is the weirdest joke I’ve ever seen, and the persons that actually like it.

  (442) posted on 05.17.2012

It only looks cool if you’d use this inside the gates of your house. Otherwise, you’d look like a lunatic driver with this on the top of your car.

  (466) posted on 05.13.2012

It would take a lot of force for that tent not to drop, in case Swindon would go on a speedy run. I know this car is a joke, but I can’t help taking its features seriously.

  (553) posted on 05.10.2012

If only this isn’t a hassle, I’d thought of buying it. Maybe a picnic or a sleep over will do for this, which isn’t ranging far from the garage.

  (484) posted on 05.2.2012

This is almost similar to the Cowley Caravan, and I can say about the same to it. LOL.

  (714) posted on 04.4.2012

LOL. They’d totally do this, to be honest. Except not a lot is crazy enough to buy it. smiley

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