I'll Call Him "Mini-Me": Mini Introduces MINI Radio Controlled Electric Car to Help at London Olympics

By Trevor Dorchies | August 03, 2012
BMW, a major sponsor of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, is looking to make the games a little more efficient with help from something small in stature. Meet Mini, the radio controlled electric car that is a quarter scale in size to its full-size sibling with the same name and even includes the same Olympic paint scheme and decals. The Mini Mini is the third electric vehicle from the BMW Group to provide its services to both the Olympic games and athletes themselves. Currently, there are 160 BMW 1 Series ActiveE models in the Olympic games fleet, 40 Mini E vehicles, and now, three mini Mini vehicles. While the two aforementioned vehicles physically cart athletes and other important Olympic officials to and from a destination, the Mini will be acting as a retriever of sorts. These radio controlled cars have been specially designed to retrieve javelins, discuses, hammers, and shots from the actual field of play in hopes speeding the games up. Controlling the Mini Mini will be three Games Makers who have been chosen and trained for the duty. The miniature Mini designs are up to snuff with regulations put forward by the London Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (say that three times fast). According to LOCOG legislation, each Mini should be able to haul 17 pounds of athletic equipment, be easy to operate without needing technological support, powered by batteries that last 35 minutes of continuous use, can be recharged in less than an hour and a half, and have a radio control range of 328 feet. The Mini Mini has an earth-rotating 10 horsepower and emits zero emissions (obviously, since it's all electric). Mini's little helper checks in weighing 55 pounds and has detailed exterior features mirroring the full-size version. Some of these features include side-view mirrors, windshield wipers, door handles, and headlights that actually work. A removable sunroof panel provides access to the equipment stored inside. There are also duel vented disc brakes, heavy duty shock absorbers, and grass tires that will actually serve a purpose. After serving at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, the Mini Mini will perform similar duties at 2012 London Paralympics. Check out the Mini Mini in action during the Track and Field events starting tomorrow. Source: Mini