Mini revises Rocketman Concept for London Olympics

Andross Moonah - CAP staff
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Mini's first Rocketman Concept was introduced at the 2011 International Geneva Motor Show where it intrigued onlookers with its compact dimensions - even for a Mini - and its 3+1 seating configuration. With such features as carbon spaceframe construction and several chic styling details, the Rocketman Concept seemed like a worthwhile vehicle to put into production. Now, Mini is pushing that notion further with a new interpretation of the Rocketman Concept.

The second Rocketman Concept is a tribute to both Britain and to the London Olympics, which are scheduled to begin on July 27th. With its blue, red and white paint scheme, the revised Rocketman Concept is cloaked in the colours of Britain's national flag, the Union Jack. Like the previous Rocketman, the new concept features a glass roof with illuminated braces that recreate the look of the Union Jack. When they're not illuminated, these braces still shine in Porcelain White; another feature shared with the previous concept car.

Front-end styling is reminiscent of the current range of Mini models, but the new Rocketman Concept's grille is fashioned of miniature Mini logos finished in red metallic paint. At the rear, the concept's trapezoidal taillights arch upward up from their mountings, detached from the rear bodywork - another touch that's reminiscent of the previous Rocketman Concept. The diminutive concept car features bespoke 18-inch light-alloy wheels that support the overall colour scheme of the vehicle with white and red accenting.
The British colour scheme of the revised Rocketman Concept continues into the interior with door panels and rear side sections trimmed in dark blue nubuck leather while white and red accents emanate throughout the cabin. All three seats in the 3+1 Rocketman Concept are covered in blue nubuck leather as well as textile fibre, and both the seats and seatbelts are finished in blue, red and white. The names of past Olympic cities are embossed on the door panel and dashboard inserts, and the Rocketman Concept also features another rather unique tribute to sport as part of its Olympic-themed decor: A miniature basketball net and players are mounted in the stowage compartment between the driver and front passenger - cheerful, but perhaps not practical!

Though details about the new Rocketman Concept's powertrain and performance figures were not divulged, the concept car makes an appeal for production on its styling alone, just like its predecessor. The new Mini Rocketman Concept serves both as a preview to the forthcoming Olympic games and also as a preview to a possible production model in the near future.
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Topics: Coupe, Mini, 2012, Rocketman Concept,

Geographic location: London

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