Mini MINIs at Olympics- 08.03.12
The Where’s Waldo of the 2012 Olympics is definitely spotting the mini radio controlled MINIs! Justine and i just spent far too long scrubbing through hours of Track & Field feeds and watching the latest coverage trying to spot the tiny minis in action… We shared these on NOTCOT.org, but have since learned more, and been obsessed with finding them in action!
What are the Mini MINIs? According to the BMW Press Release, BMW is proud to introduce another critical electric vehicle to the Olympic and Paralympic fleet: 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.
Three Mini MINIs will be deployed for this crucial task and will be operated by Games Makers assigned and trained for this duty. The cars are roughly a quarter scale of the full-sized car and carry the athletic equipment situated inside, accessible through the adapted sunroof. The Mini MINIs are all blue and feature the same Games livery as the ‘full-size’ official fleet vehicles. Each of the three Mini MINIs will cover around 6,000 metres per day in four-hour shifts across nine days of Olympic and nine days of Paralympic competition.
They are surprisingly hard to spot ~ and now oddly satisfying when we do find them… have you seen them in motion? Actually transporting the javelins, etc? See more pics (and share yours with us!) on the next page!
Mini MINI INFORMATION:
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
Mini MINI dimensions:
The Mini MINIs will:
- Carry a load of up to 8kg; a single hammer, discus or shot or two javelins.
- Be operated with a simple control system requiring minimum technical support.
- Be powered by batteries that can sustain 35 minutes of continuous usage with a radio control range of approximately 100 metres and be fully re-charged in 80 minutes.
Spotting the little MINIs on NBC and BBC -
Love that the BBC talked to one of the Mini MINI drivers!