Spectators, who are watching field events of the Olympics. They might have noticed remote-controlled vehicles moving around the field –the BMW’s Mini MINI.
This radio-controlled electric vehicle is specially designed and developed for being used in the field of play at the London Olympic Stadium. Mini carries javelins, discuses, hammers and shots back the field to the throwing area. Three vehicles have been deployed for this role and they are being operated by Games Makers.
The Mini MINIs resemble the same as their full-sized siblings, but they are around a quarter scale (1100mm long) featured with an adapted sunroof allowing access to the inside of the vehicle for equipment storage.
These cars are built and designed according to a specification decided with the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Each car covers 6,000 metres per day in four-hour shifts across nine days of Olympic and nine days of Paralympic competition.
Mini weighs up to 25kg and it’s a 10HP vehicle, which can carry weights around 8kg. This vehicle can be operated with a simple control system and powered by batteries that can sustain 35 minutes of continuous usage with a radio control range of approximately 100 metres. It can be fully re-charged in 80 minutes.