MINI Rocketman Concept
The MINI Rocketman, revealed in concept form at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, may be dead. A new report out of the U.K. says BMW, which owns MINI, has thrown the brakes on the project due to difficulty in meeting safety regulations with the small platform. Specifically, says CAR (via Autoblog), the Rocketman's narrow width and short length--the concept was just 6 ft. 3 in. wide and 11 ft. 3 in. long--made stability control, now mandatory for top safety marks, very difficult. The small structure itself also likely presented problems for crash testing. The Rocketman had been thought to be roaring...
MINI Rocketman Concept Live Photos: 2011 Geneva Motor Show
Positioned as a curious "3+1" seater with three doors and a scant 10-foot overall length, the 2011 MINI Rocketman concept is one MINI that’s actually mini. It’s currently only a design study, though it certainly looks like it could be promoted to the big leagues if the reception is warm...Viknesh Vijayenthiran