While Mini was very specific about the Rocketman being a concept and a design exercise during its press conference in Geneva, it is no surprise that its influence will be seen in future models. Ian Robertson, Mini’s markting boss, hints that the rocket-science filled smaller car will influence the entire lineup.
According to Robertson, all future Mini models could be influenced by the Rocketman concept. “The themes in the car are not just about a smaller Mini,” he said. “Lightweight construction and new types of components will go onto Minis.” It may not stop there as the weight saving initiative will be used companywide in BMW’s i-Concept vehicles.
Expect certain aspects of the Rocketman’s design language to make it into the standard Mini lineup as well. New Cooper models are expected in 2013 and the innovative lighting package, both inside and outside the concept, could make it into production cars in a slightly toned-down form. The feature could include signal and taillights that are projected onto the body of the car along with fiber optic lighting worked into the cars’ glass panels.
Although some purists are worried that too much Rocketman could hurt the traditional looks of the Cooper, Robertson assures fans that won’t happen. Although Mini keeps bringing out different configurations, the Cooper will always be the primary focus. “The core of the Mini brand is always going to be the Mini three-door and Convertible.” Robertson stated. After seeing the Rocketman in Geneva, we are thrilled to hear that Mini is forward thinking while keeping a design eye on the past.