The MINI-mid-engine and rear-wheel drive that could have been, but never existed

What do you need a MINI Cooper to be a utilitarian practical for the day-to-day, and a sporty fun-packed weekend? Definitely need a touch of go-kart, a frame sign, a body of low height, the shafts at the ends, and an address to transmit to us what happens between the tyre and the road. A good MINI doesn’t need rear-wheel drive, and even less a central engine. But imagine what would have happened if the MINI modern-era BMW, it would have been a MINI rear-wheel-drive and mid-engine? You don’t need you to follow him, imagining. Even before he was born the MINI modern had already reviewed this idea, and presented as MINI Anniversary Concept Vehicle 30.

To get in position, this prototype was presented in 1997. The acquisition of Rover Group by BMW it was produced in 1994, and in these years, BMW was already considering what to do with one of the most interesting of the group, MINI. Interesting in both the movement business of the BMW Group had produced, among other things, to diversify its business and grow in the lower segments.

Before BMW would take a final decision on the MINI, Rover was already working on a modern successor to the utilitarian british most important of all times. And that was what led BMW to commission to one of its designers, Adrian van Hooydonk, design a prototype that will clear the future of the MINI.

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Although the prototype was an extravagance, never ceases to amaze us the amount of detail that eventually will be moved to the MINI definitive designed by the team led by Frank Stephenson (now designer of McLaren Automotive).

In this prototype, since we were with such important details as a round fog lights, fins are very steep, a grill generous with four auxiliary lights, and a body design and roof in two-tone, the latter giving it the appearance of a car with a brim.

The MINI Anniversary Concept Vehicle 30 was a prototype two-seater, and its architecture should be unique and exclusively to that to create it had been taken on the basis of the MG F, the famous roadster rear-wheel-drive and mid-engine MG Engine and the Group Rover.

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why Anniversary Concept Vehicle 30? For a simple reason. This prototype not only was I anticipating the future of the MINI, and the decision that he would eventually take BMW to launch the remake of the utilitarian british. This prototype also with memoraba the 30th anniversary of the last victory – of the 3 that got it – MINI Cooper S in the Monte Carlo Rally of 1967.