Mini Rocketman Concept: Future of Automotive Design

By Posted 23 Feb 2011, 11:53

BMW seems to be relentless in the amount of effort that are puting into their popular Mini brand, such as the Countryman, 2010 Coupe, Cooper SD Diesel and a Plug-in Hybrid version. So you can imagine how amazed we were when we learned of the Mini Rocketman Concept, which BMW see as the future of automotive design.

This concept is unlike any other Mini on or coming to the market, and looking at the image gallery over at Autoblog you will see just what we mean. The design is very different to what we are used to, but the “unique three-plus-one interior seating arrangement” is the one that has us baffled the most. No matter how many times we look at this, there just seems to be no practical reason.

As with all future cars its all about lightweight and strength, so the carbon spaceframe is no real shocker. With this in mind the benefits will include fuel-efficiency, so is expected to achieve about 78 mpg US – just wish we could know more about what type of engine/electric motor will drive the vehicle.

For years the Mini refresh has held on to the basic design, it was not until the Clubman and Countryman that things started to change for the better, and the Rocketman takes this one step further – well ten steps really.

Drive believes that we should call this new model the Mini Mini and could come with a turbo diesel engine. This is said to be their smallest model since 1969. Below you will be able to see a video of the Rocketman Concept – what’s your verdict?