The Mini Rocketman was denied any hopes of leaving the launch pad months ago, however, a new photo online has us thinking the mini-er Mini may be back in the game.
A picture on Twitter via @conallmahon shows the Rocketman wearing a blue and red color scheme in what appears to be a video shoot on the streets of London. Further details are unknown, but the new color scheme, which is much different from the gray and black colors the concept wore during the 2011 Geneva auto show, has us wondering whether Mini may have something up its sleeve.
The Rocketman was previously thought to be canceled because the car would have a hard time passing the European New Car Assessment Program crash standards, and possibly just as much difficulty with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration here. Also, because the Rocketman was 11 inches shorter and half an inch skinnier than the Cooper hatchback, it would have to built on a different platform, a move that could prove prohibitively expensive.
Earlier this year, although Mini USA wouldn’t confirm the cancellation to us, an automaker representative suggested we may see styling cues from the Rocketman used on future Minis (arriving some time next year), and that the Rocketman was received well by Mini fans and owners. The Rocketman concept was built on a carbon-fiber spaceframe, and had a 3+1 seating arrangement similar to the Scion iQ.
We’re curious why a promotional video might be shot on a car that’s been shelved, however, we’re still waiting on comment from Mini to set things straight.