BMW is already plenty visible at the London 2012 Olympics, as the official automotive partner of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. As of today, there will be a few more MINIs doing duty at Olympic Stadium.
The German automaker supplied 160 BMW 1 Series ActiveE models and 40 MINI E cars to shuttle athletes and officials around Olympic Park and other Games sites. Today, BMW unveiled three additions to the fleet of Olympic vehicles. Miniature versions of the Olympic MINIs will be put to work at Olympic Stadium during track and field competition.
The three Mini MINIs are versions on the MINI Hatch, albeit in one-quarter scale. The specially-developed, electric, remote-controlled cars will be used on the field of play to carry shots, discuses and javelins from the field to the throwing area.
“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,” said Dr. Juergen Hedrich, the managing director of MINI Plant Oxford.
Each of the Mini MINIs will travel approximately 6,000 metres each day, in four-hour shifts for nine days in both Olympic and Paralympic competition. The batteries powering the cars can operate continuously up to 35 minutes on one charge and are fully charged in 80 minutes. The simple remote-control system has a range of up to 100 metres. The cars will be operated by people specially trained for the Games.
The cars can carry a load of up to eight kilograms (just over 17 pounds) or the same as a single hammer, discus or shot or two javelins. The sports equipment being transported inside the miniature car is accessed through the adapted sunroof.
Each Mini MINI is 1,100 mm long (X inches), 500 mm wide (x inches) and 400 mm in height (x inches). The cars ride along on grass-type tires and feature heavy-duty shock absorbers. Dual vented disc brakes will bring the miniature cars to a stop.
MINI offers a number of models specially trimmed for the London 2012 Olympics.