Mini-Minis get a workout at London Olympics

Three 1/4-scale Minis help move sporting equipment on Olympic field

Published: August 7, 2012, 3:00 PM

Mini-Mini at London Olympics

If you're watching the 2012 London Olympic field competition on TV, you might catch a glimpse of one of three very special Minis developed to transport equipment for the throwing sports on the field of play.

Mini's parent company, BMW, is the Official Automotive Partner to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The three radio-controlled electric mini-Minis are being used in the Olympic Stadium to ferry javelins, discuses, hammers and shots back from the field to the throwing area, saving valuable time during competition.

The cars are roughly a quarter-scale of the full-sized car and carry the athletic equipment inside, accessible through an adapted sunroof.

Each car will cover around 6,000 metres a day in four-hour shifts, over nine days of Olympic and nine days of Paralympic competition. Their batteries can sustain 35 minutes of continuous usage with a radio control range of approximately 100 metres and be fully re-charged in 80 minutes.

The mini-Minis are painted blue and feature the same Games livery as the ‘full-size’ official fleet vehicles.

BMW is providing a range of 200 fully electric vehicles as part of the Olympic fleet. They are being used for a variety of duties including shuttling athletes and officials within the Olympic Park and surrounding Games sites.

They also helped support elements of the Olympic Torch Relay convoy on its journey around the UK and will do so similarly for the Paralympic Torch Relay.