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PostSubject: BMW Group Adds One More Model To Its Electric Vehicle Line Up For London 2012   3rd August 2012, 20:18


BMW Group Adds One More Model To Its Electric Vehicle Line Up For London 2012

BMW, Official Automotive Partner to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, is keeping the Games moving with a range of fully electric vehicles as part of the fleet. The 160 BMW 1 Series ActiveE models and 40 MINI E’s are being used for many duties including shuttling athletes and officials within the Olympic Park and surrounding Games sites. They also helped support elements of the Olympic Torch Relay convoy on its journey around the UK and will do so similarly for the Paralympic Torch Relay.

Today, 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.

“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,” commented Dr Juergen Hedrich, Managing Director of MINI Plant Oxford. “I know that everybody was inspired by the challenge and the knowledge that these models will be seen in action by millions of people around the world.”

The cars were designed and built to a specification agreed with LOCOG to ensure their role on the field of play is successful in saving time during competition. 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.

The Mini MINIs will:

1. Carry a load of up to 8kg; a single hammer, discus or shot or two javelins.
2. Be operated with a simple control system requiring minimum technical support.
3. 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.

After the closing ceremony of the Paralympic Games, the three Mini MINIs will return to base for well-earned rest and relaxation before their next athletic adventure.






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PostSubject: Re: BMW Group Adds One More Model To Its Electric Vehicle Line Up For London 2012   3rd August 2012, 21:35

Saw the article on a few MINI news sites, I WANT ONE NOW Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: BMW Group Adds One More Model To Its Electric Vehicle Line Up For London 2012   3rd August 2012, 21:59

I'm going to be watching the field events just to see these in action Smile
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PostSubject: Re: BMW Group Adds One More Model To Its Electric Vehicle Line Up For London 2012   4th August 2012, 20:33

Have seen them - they look brill. Smile
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PostSubject: Re: BMW Group Adds One More Model To Its Electric Vehicle Line Up For London 2012   5th August 2012, 19:41

Excellent - haven't seen one yet!
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PostSubject: Re: BMW Group Adds One More Model To Its Electric Vehicle Line Up For London 2012   5th August 2012, 19:45

I kept seeing them wondering what they were, since I found out I havent seen another!
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PostSubject: Re: BMW Group Adds One More Model To Its Electric Vehicle Line Up For London 2012   5th August 2012, 20:00

Found some more pictures...



See them all here...

http://www.notcot.com/archives/2012/08/mini-mini-coopers-at-olympics.php

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PostSubject: Re: BMW Group Adds One More Model To Its Electric Vehicle Line Up For London 2012   5th August 2012, 21:19

It's great seeing them whizzing about, I keep spotting them :jack:

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PostSubject: Re: BMW Group Adds One More Model To Its Electric Vehicle Line Up For London 2012   5th August 2012, 23:42

Video of an Olympic MiniMINI in action:
http://www.motoringfile.com/2012/08/03/video-the-olympic-miniature-mini-in-action/

http://www.motoringfile.com/2012/08/03/the-olympic-mini-miniature/
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PostSubject: Re: BMW Group Adds One More Model To Its Electric Vehicle Line Up For London 2012   6th August 2012, 16:54

These are sooo cool. Yet to spot one yet. I want one!!
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PostSubject: Re: BMW Group Adds One More Model To Its Electric Vehicle Line Up For London 2012   6th August 2012, 18:06

I so badly want one!! Its a MINI Mylo!!!
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PostSubject: Re: BMW Group Adds One More Model To Its Electric Vehicle Line Up For London 2012   6th August 2012, 19:21

I want one! May be a bit of fun to ride round the garden!
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PostSubject: Re: BMW Group Adds One More Model To Its Electric Vehicle Line Up For London 2012   8th August 2012, 00:53

I want one too........ They must sell these soon.....??
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PostSubject: Re: BMW Group Adds One More Model To Its Electric Vehicle Line Up For London 2012   8th August 2012, 12:23

Could always make your own one Smile

http://www.radiocontrolledshop.co.uk/Tamiya-XB-Mini-Cooper-S-2006-LTD-57773%20?language=en¤cy=GBP
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PostSubject: Mini Minis in athletics cause big branding stir   8th August 2012, 16:11

There not liking them here!


http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/news/mini-minis-athletics-cause-big-branding-stir-151717832--finance.html
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PostSubject: Re: BMW Group Adds One More Model To Its Electric Vehicle Line Up For London 2012   8th August 2012, 18:57

inked wrote:
There not liking them here!


http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/news/mini-minis-athletics-cause-big-branding-stir-151717832--finance.html

Yet no mention of Atos being plastered over every lanyard & ID seen being worn in the stadia then?
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