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2012 MINI Rocketman Olympic Concept

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We already know that MINI is a staunch supporter of the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games. But true to their quirky and aggressive nature, the German automaker took to a different level to show it’s support for the Olympics.

If special edition MINI Coopers and videos aren’t enough, MINI has decided to release a special edition model of the Rocketman Concept. Nevermind unconfirmed reports that the Rocketman Concept has been canned; MINI still sees some strong branding mileage in decking their concept model with an extensive exterior and interior make-over.

The concept vehicle is not a production model, which is a real bummer. But with all the enhancements it has received, we sure wouldn’t have any problems see it in dealerships in the future.

The 2012 London Olympics is a little over a month away, and MINI picked the perfect time to release this special edition concept. Too bad it’s going to remain strictly that.

Find out more about the MINI Rocketman Olympic Concept after the jump.

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Mini Prepares Competitor For Smart ForTwo

Mini Prepares Competitor For Smart ForTwo

Remember the Rocketman concept Mini unveiled back in 2011? It was a dolled-up three-door hatch that was about a foot shorter than the regular Mini Cooper, and had a panoramic glass roof and a carbon-fiber spaceframe. Its main highlight, besides the fancier looks, was its 78 mpg U.S. estimated fuel economy rating. Initially expected to spawn a production car, the Rocketman remained a concept only. That’s about to change according to Auto Express, which found out more about the company’s new plans straight from Mini head of design Anders Warming.

Details are being kept under wraps for now, as the Brits are still developing the idea, but Warming says the Rocketman could become the base of a Smart ForTwo competitor. “For sure, a Mini should always be a small car, so a new city car would be appropriate for the brand. At the moment, we don’t have the right tech solutions, but we are working on it. We don’t yet have a final solution, you could say," he noted.

But don’t expect to see too much Rocketman in this small, lightweight vehicle. Warming stresses Mini doesn’t plan on using carbon-fiber like BMW did with the i3. Instead, the tiny city car is more likely to make extensive use of aluminum. "Our concept had carbon parts, but aluminum is more likely. We want to reduce parts, to do more with less."

As for know-how, Mini is reportedly looking to team up with Toyota, who is currently working with BMW on a brand-new sports car. Needless to say, Toyota’s experience with the iQ could help Mini enter a previously unexplored segment.

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2012 MINI Rocketman Olympic Concept

2012 MINI Rocketman Olympic Concept

We already know that MINI is a staunch supporter of the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games. But true to their quirky and aggressive nature, the German automaker took to a different level to show it’s support for the Olympics.

If special edition MINI Coopers and videos aren’t enough, MINI has decided to release a special edition model of the Rocketman Concept. Nevermind unconfirmed reports that the Rocketman Concept has been canned; MINI still sees some strong branding mileage in decking their concept model with an extensive exterior and interior make-over.

The concept vehicle is not a production model, which is a real bummer. But with all the enhancements it has received, we sure wouldn’t have any problems see it in dealerships in the future.

The 2012 London Olympics is a little over a month away, and MINI picked the perfect time to release this special edition concept. Too bad it’s going to remain strictly that.

Find out more about the MINI Rocketman Olympic Concept after the jump.

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2011 MINI Rocketman Concept

2011 MINI Rocketman Concept

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.

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