BMW adds new model to Olympics line-up
As Team GB enjoys a gold rush at the Olympics, the official vehicles of the London 2012 Games are about to get smaller.
That’s because BMW, the official automotive partner of the 2012 Games, has decided to extend its range of fully electric vehicles participating at the event. Having already offered 160 BMW 1 Series ActiveE models and 40 MINI E models for duties such as moving athletes around the Olympic Park, they have now decided to introduce another model to the event: the Mini MINI (pictured).
This radio-controlled electric car will be used on the field of play at the Olympic Stadium itself: it will be used to ferry discuses, hammers and shots back from the playing area to help save valuable time during competition.
In total, three Mini MINIs will be used as part of the Olympics – they are around a quarter of the scale of the full-sized car and will carry the athletic equipment inside.
The Mini MINIs can carry a load of up to 8kg; a single hammer, discus or shot or two javelins; be operated with a simple control system requiring minimum technical support; and are powered by batteries that can sustain 35 minutes of continuous usage with a radio control range of approximately 100metres and be fully re-charged in 80minutes.