Head of Design at Mini says that Rocketman is on his “Christmas list”

Article by Christian Andrei, on December 24, 2011

Anders Warming, the Head of Design at MINI, said that one of the items on his “Christmas list” is a production version of the Rocketman Concept. This implies that this city car will soon arrive at its showrooms. In an interview with Inside Line, Warming described the Rocketman to be "a clear leap forwards," as well as a car that may "claim the true heritage of the brand."

He added that when customers ask what else is going on with Mini, the names mentioned are the Rocketman and Roadster.

He explained that it’s about “making authentic movements” and creating a relevant bandwidth. This will guarantee that the Mini will consistently be the segment’s smallest car as it uses lightweight engineering as well as engines that lead the class when it comes to efficiency.

In addition, this bandwidth’s stretch will always be defined by the Cooper hatchback, which will keep its position as the “center of the brand."

MINI’s Rocketman Concept features a body shape that is a refreshing and experimental interpretation of the brand’s classic features. The classic Mini’s basic principle of giving the maximum amount of space on the smallest footprint possible is carried over to urban mobility challenges by applying innovative construction techniques.

To be more specific, the MINI Rocketman Concept measures 3.419 meters in length, 1.907 meters in width (including its exterior mirrors), and stands 1.398 meters in height. Its proportions boast clear symmetries with the brand’s classic and present lineup. So Mini’s familiar look is concentrated into new dimensions, with the new vehicle segment concept staying unmistakably recognizable as a MINI.

Mini’s characteristic design language is carried out with a new interpretation that exudes a dynamic and powerful allure. The MINI Rocketman Concept features contoured surfaces, a basic form with straight lines, and large wheels, all giving the study car a solid structure. Other than these, the study car is also sprinkled with its own distinctive design elements for an immediately clear brand affiliation.

Speaking of distinctive design, that of the MINI Rocketman Concept involves big, circular headlights and a radiation grille with a front end dominated by chrome surround. The headlights have exterior contours fitting the familiar visual template, but their interior structure has been developed further for the new study. Also a part of the picture are centrally positioned LED lights that generate a full beam and that are framed by striking light rings to give a dipped-beam mode.

Moreover, direction indicators are integrated into the headlights – a feature that the study car shared with Mini’s current range of series-produced models. Additionally, the area around the headlights as well as the radiator grille and front apron has sections of carbon spaceframe visible alongside the chromes and painted surfaces. This eye-catching surface structure is a reminder of the study car’s innovative construction.

Topics: mini, design, christmas

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