News : Scale MINI is an unlikely Olympics star
More observant readers will have seen the MINI-me remote control cars scurrying around the infield of the Olympic stadium in London. They’ve been developed especially to ferry javelins, discuses, hammers and shots back from the field to the throwing area, saving valuable time during competition. They’ve also been spotted ‘unofficially’ racing after hours…
The three MINI-me’s will be operated by Games Makers, who have been 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-mes 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,’ said Dr Juergen Hedrich, Managing Director of MINI Plant Oxford in Cowley. ‘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-mes cover around four miles per day in four-hour shifts across nine days of Olympic and nine days of Paralympic competition.
The Mini MINIs:
- 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.
- 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.