Rock­et­man goes back to ba­sics of the small car

Yorkshire Post - Motoring - - NEWS -

AN­OTHER mo­tor show, an­other MINI con­cept.

The Rock­et­man is smaller than the BMW MINI, more the size of the orig­i­nal BMC Mini from 1959. At 10ft long, it marks a re­turn to ba­sics, the at­trac­tion of a small car, be­ing reaped by FIAT’s lat­ter-day 500.

The Rock­et­man has a car­bon-fi­bre space frame and as such would be too ex­pen­sive for pro­duc­tion but the “3+1” seat­ing and wideac­cess, dou­ble-hinged doors are sign­posts to what we can ex­pect from BMW’s off­spring.

A pre­pared Press state­ment adds: “The op­er­at­ing logic of the MINI Rock­et­man Con­cept is also geared to the multi-lay­ered de­mands of a con­tem­po­rary tar­get group, whose mo­bil­ity needs are shaped by their de­sire for driv­ing fun, flex­i­ble us­age pos­si­bil­i­ties and ex­ten­sive con­nec­tiv­ity with their lives out­side the car.

“The cen­tral con­trol unit can be taken out of the car and con­fig­ured on a com­puter be­fore the jour­ney be­gins to up­date nav­i­ga­tion des­ti­na­tions, the mu­sic playlist or con­tact de­tails for mo­bile com­mu­ni­ca­tions.”

A nov­elty is a drawer that pulls out at the back when needed to carry ex­cess bag­gage, or sports stuff such as a snow­board.

It has 18-inch lighter “direc­tional” wheels. The roof is glass, with il­lu­mi­nated brac­ing to repli­cate the Union Jack flag.

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