• Feb 25, 2011
Mini Rocketman Concept detailed from all angles – Click above to watch the videos after the jump

The Mini Rocketman Concept is set to make its debut at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, and we're eager to get a look at this funky thing the flesh. Until that happens, we'll have to be content with the slew of views Mini has provided.

Ready for your viewing pleasure after the jump are videos of b-roll footage, exterior and interior walkarounds and a clip showing the action of the cool dual-hinged doors. Additionally, Anders Warming, head of Mini design, stepped in to provide some insight into the development of the Rocketman concept. If you're hungry for Rocketman information, this plethora of video footage will indeed satiate you.



[Source: Mini]
Mini Rocketman Concept B-Roll


Mini Rocketman Concept: Door Design


Mini Rocketman Concept: Interior Design


Mini Rocketman Concept: Exterior Design


Anders Warming, head of Mini design, discusses the use of sustainable materials


Anders Warming discusses the use of carbon fiber


Anders Warming discusses the Rocketman's doors


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      • 3 Years Ago
      Don't get me wrong, I love Mini. But paper in the interior (if you spill your coffee of sneeze out too much goop does it fall apart?) and the most expensive material (carbon fiber) on parts of the car that often get the most damage (flared wheel wells and door panels that extend out)???
        • 3 Years Ago
        Yep. That carbon fiber on the body parts is a terrible idea. Having to replace them after any minor incident is bad enough, but what about when the car's discontinued? YOU'RE SCREWED.

        Doesn't matter, though. They'll water this down just like they did the Countryman.

        Someone needs to bring back the Willys Jeep.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Its a neat concept with a questionable design! But you know that most of the stuff shown (read: the unique aspects) on the concept wont make it to production, which will more than likely lower its status from Rocketman to something more along the lines of BottleRocketman.
      • 3 Years Ago
      The illuminated glass roof thing is kinda cool, but I'm not digging those head lights.
      • 3 Years Ago
      okay, they need to get away from the ___man naming convention. Before they start building really boxy versions called the Mini Legoman, and amphibious versions called the Mini Aquaman, and a white one called the Mini Snowman, and one that can host latenight talk shows called the Mini Letterman.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Better or similar stuff from middle school study hall. Take this guy's crayons away.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think the best aspects of this car are the ones that will see through to production:

      back "drawer" -- probably. A distinctive feature of the Rocketman vs. the others
      tall hatch - yes
      glass roof - to a lesser degree, yes.
      lighting f/x - to a lesser degree, yes (maybe not the Viper Landing Bay effect though)
      Front end - yes, and I like it better than the front of any existing MINIs.
      Double-hinged doors - MAYBE, for the reasoning of the "drawer" above: "distinction".

      Paper interior - hell no! Just a design exercise
      Carbon Fiber Exterior? Not likely, except maybe in the roof structure
      Floating rear brake lights? No. Not going to happen, but maybe something suggestive of that effect. BMW is good at lighting effects/designs.

      The rest is mostly all existing MINI stuff. You'll note the interior isn't that far off from any existing production MINI model.

      I like this concept. It's all good.

      Anyone else notice how the roof skeleton is a Union Jack, but one that actually has functionality (e.g. the rear hatch is incorporated into it)? Cute.
      • 3 Years Ago
      This thing is still a lot bigger than the original Mini - That could seat four
      • 3 Years Ago
      One Too Mini is what it is.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Just when you thought there couldn't possibly another variation of the Mini, here we go.

      This edition looks like a character form the movie Cars. Maybe it should audition for a spot in the upcoming movie.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Elton John approves.
      • 3 Years Ago
      This one will be marketed as the Mini Tron
      • 3 Years Ago
      Maybe I am the only one but I like it. Something small that gets great mileage why is there nothing like this already on the market? I hope it goes into production soon.
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