Daily Archives: August 3, 2012


London 2012 Olympics MINI fleet

London 2012 Olympics MINI fleet

The electric-powered MINI E, retired from its field trials, is being used at the London 2012 Olympic Games as “[v]enue pool cars for operational usage and supporting the Olympic Torch Relay” while displaying new graphics (see photo).

In addition, MINI introduced the Mini MINI: “This specially developed and designed radio controlled electric car will be used on the field of play in the Olympic Stadium to ferry javelins, discuses, hammers and shots back from the field to the throwing area, saving valuable time during competition.”

Mini MINI

  • 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

 

Specification of Mini MINI:

Mini MINI dimensions:

  • Length: 1100mm
  • Width: 500mm
  • Height: 400mm

Read the BMW Group PressClub Global press release BMW Group adds one more model to its electric vehicle line up for London 2012.


R53 MINI Swansong 2012

MINI has had a great run the the GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge series (formerly the KONI Challenge series), first with Nuzzo Motorsports in 2003 and currently with RSR Motorsports.  Due to GRAND-AM rules, the first-generation MINI Cooper S (R53) will no longer be allowed to race after this season.  That means the R53 MINI has only two more races left.  RSR Motorsports has no plans to develop a second-generation MINI Cooper S (R56) or MINI Cooper S Coupe (R58).  Thus, MINI will exit the GRAND-AM series unless another MINI team steps up.

Now former British MINI Challenge champ Chris Knox wants to send the R53 MINI off with a bang.

CALLING all MINI businesses, dealers, owners and fans, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for you to carve yourself a slice of Motorsport and motoring history. You can be part of a party that will give you a host of stunning memories. You can give the iconic R53 MINI a Swansong. We want to get a British/American driver line-up in the little car with the big heart for its final two Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge races at Laguna Seca and Lime Rock. If we can raise the funding we need, these won’t just be races, they will be Motorsport EVENTS with thousands of fans, dealers and MINI owners enjoying the festivities. And it won’t cost you as much as you think.

You decide how much you want to donate. If we reach the target, we will get the car at Lime Rock and Laguna Seca and the party will begin.We don’t want to be negative, but if we don’t reach the target, everyone will get their money back?.but let?s not think about that. Let’s team up and get the party started!!
There are two final races in the 2012 GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge season:
Visit and Like the R53 MINI Swansong 2012 Facebook page and read the press release.
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