Rocketman goes back to basics of the small car
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.