For this year’s Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta, Mini has prepared something rather interesting and unusual for an automaker: a boat based on the Cooper Convertible. This special Chili Red Cooper will be "driven" on water along the Schuylkill River on May 10th and 11th.

This boat was built as a one-of-a-kind project and was developed as part of the MINI USA’s Not Normal sales event last October. It is powered by an outboard motor that delivers a total of 6 horsepower. The boat features a fiberglass mold of the car mounted to a boat hull and comes accessorized with lots of authentic Mini parts like headlights, taillights, grille, steering wheel, badges, wheels and tires. The wheels are trimmed to rotate, so that even though it is a boat, it will appear like a car driving on the water.

The Mini boat was constructed by ACI Composites Inc., based in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

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Mini is about to unveil a new-generation Cooper sometime by the end of 2013. The model was caught testing in many times and it looks like it has grown in size in order to make room for the production version of the Rocketman concept.

The new Cooper will also feature a more aggressive design language and will be built on an all-new UKL platform, which it will share with the future BMW 1 Series.

Mini will offer the usual four-cylinder engines, but along with it there will also be a new three-cylinder engine family that will debut in the BMW 316i.

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Visitors to the 2013 Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta on May 10-11 will experience an intriguing sight that they won’t be expecting… a Chili Red MINI Convertible appearing to ‘drive’ on the water along the Schuylkill River during this famous annual festival of university and college rowing.

It will be the first time that the specially-created MINI Convertible ‘boat’ has visited Philadelphia and it can be seen throughout Friday and Saturday cruising on the river. This one-of-a-kind boat was the brain-child of the MINI USA Eastern Region and was built as part of the MINI USA’s Not Normal sales event last October.

“MINI is known for being unconventional, and sponsorship at an event like the Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta is an opportunity to make a lasting impression with attendees, and add value to the event by further increasing its fun factor,” said Laura Towey, Regional Business Manager, MINI USA. “The MINI Convertible Boat’s appearance of actually motoring on water is so convincing that it provides guests with an amazing tale to share even after they’ve left the event.”

Powered by a 6 hp outboard motor, the MINI Convertible boat features a fiberglass mold of the car mounted to a boat hull, and accessorized with authentic MINI parts, including headlights, taillights, grille, steering wheel, badges, wheels and tires. It was constructed by ACI Composites Inc, based in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and trimmed so that the wheels rotate in the water reinforcing the illusion that the MINI Convertible is being driven on the river.

The MINI Convertible boat is appearing as part of MINI USA’s sponsorship of the 75th running of the largest inter-collegiate regatta in North America, which has been celebrated every year (excluding the WWII years) since 1934. For those on dry land, MINI will also feature a display of its vehicles at the event with product specialists on hand to offer more info to those who are interested. MINI will also stage an ergometer contest for spectators to test their rowing skills, with prizes awarded to contestants.

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