Obviously someone is still dreaming of the future in mini cars. While the most recent concept cars they seem no more than three months before the production is Mini Rocketman approach to the 2011 Geneva Motor Show its name by mixing futuristic style and technology with classic Mini design elements.
At the beginning of the Rocketman almost walk made shorter than a standard Cooper, on a carbon fiber space frame to save weight than conventional steel unibodies work on the production of mini-vehicles. Much of the space frame is visible to store inside and outside the car show, the carbon and construction, weight on the moldings.
Mini calls a 3 +1 seating, similar to the Toyota iQ setup. The idea is that modular seats, the smaller interior as versatile as possible. Although the two front seats and a rear are considered permanent, semi rear seat can be stowed simply increasing load. The other permanent and rear passenger seat can be folded to almost car levels of space while accommodating only the driver.
For easier loading ports, cutting the folds back to the front and the roof out of the way, so charging straight down instead relied on the driver and car. The tailgate is also unique, like a tray that slides out from the body. The tray can be closed, and left the car outside extended again to increase cargo space when needed.
The outside of the Rocketman is immediately recognizable as a Mini with a classic and futuristic feel. The doors are reminiscent of bumps on the external hinges on the original Mini, but the doors are new double-hinge mechanisms mounted for easy access is possible, even in tight parking spaces. The openings are cut extra layer in the body of the car, thanks to the extra-stiff composite space frame. Normal unibody cars use large sections of the rocker box area for torsional rigidity in the Mini was able to get the strength in the cars instead underpan design.
Mini calls the interior a fresh look at the traditional forms. The Rocketman dashboard looks very futuristic, but still recognizable Mini. The centrally mounted speedometer, toggle switches, and oval at the doors like a Cooper S Interior, after 20 years of evolution. The seats and dashboard are covered with suede, while the non-touch surface using metallic and high gloss. Moldings were pressed paper and backlit. The dashboard and instrument panel with the front seats are adjustable further increase in floor space in the car at the implementation of a fund or two.
The infotainment system in the back Rocketman futuristic, but derived from the current mini-art. The interface uses three-dimensional graphics in the center display, which is mounted on the steering wheel or a trackball or joystick console is controlled. Mini promotes full integration of phone, Internet connectivity and an adjustable display and more advanced technology, but most of it is already in Mini showrooms, so smooth, without an interface.
Mini Rocketman calls the concept a vision of urban mobility. While it may be totally futuristic, it seems not so different from what the brand already operates in the last 50th Little car lovers at the thought of a bigger car moaning, but sometimes it’s unavoidable. A car that show only when needed for the people is a dream come true. It may not make sense for everyone, but in urban areas where space is always at a premium, which is a much more realistic solution than cars with a growing wheelbases or swap.
The majority of mini-concepts make it into production in very similar form to its unique show cars. This can be the first concept is a bit too advanced, but we are certainly some of the ideas being taken, in the near future. Most of the interior elements can be easily adjusted in the current models, and infotainment is not far away. But the carbon fiber space frame? We think it’s a long, long time.