Mini MINI R/C car called in for duty at 2012 Olympics

Two prominent sponsors for the 2012 Olympics are BMW and Mini, with the brands offering a fleet of vehicles to serve a variety of purposes to support the event.

In addition to the fleet, Mini has now thrown in a scaled down vehicle to more efficiently transport equipment. An R/C car, crafted by LOGOG, called the Mini Mini is now responsible for moving equipment to the throwing area from the field.

“The MINI team was thrilled to be given this challenge to develop a vehicle with such an important and high profile role during the Olympic and Paralympic Games” commented Dr Juergen Hedrich, Managing Director of MINI Plant Oxford. “I know that everybody was inspired by the challenge and the knowledge that these models will be seen in action by millions of people around the world.”

The model is quarter scale and runs about 3.7 miles per day, with an 18 lb. load capacity. This gives it the ability to transport a discus, shot, hammer or two javelins.

Check out the specs after the jump.

Mini MINI Specs:

  • Number in fleet: 3
  • 10hp / Zero emissions
  • Usage: Field of play vehicle to retrieve javelins, discuses, hammers and shot from the field to the throwing area.
  • MINI Hatch design in 1/4 scale
  • Lightweight composite bodyshell (Vehicle weight 25kg)
  • True Blue paintwork with orange London 2012 Games livery and white roof
  • Detailed exterior design including door handles, mirrors, wheel arch finishers, number plates, windscreen wipers and functioning headlights
  • Removable sunroof panel for access to the equipment storage area
  • Waterproof equipment storage area
  • Electric engine, throttled
  • Duel vented disc brake
  • Heavy duty shock absorbers
  • Grass tyres front and rear

– By: Alexandra Koken