It's not the first time remote-operated carriers have been used to retrieve track and field throwing implements at the Olympics. But as long as you're going to hold the Games in a country with as storied an automobile history as Great Britain's, you might as well model them after one of Britain's most iconic cars.
Yes, watching the throwing events at Olympic Stadium, you might see remote-controlled miniature Mini Coopers, zipping up and down the field, lugging javelins, shots, discuses, and hammers back to competitors. It's part of an effort to save time and exhaustion for officials.
Here are some of the specs of the R/C cars, which are being dubbed, you guessed it, "Mini Minis":
-Quarter scale of a full-sized Mini Cooper
-18-pound carrying capacity
-35 minutes of battery life
-80-minute charging time
-Functioning headlights. (You know, in case the power goes at Olympic Stadium and they decide to still throw sharp sticks and heavy metal balls in the dark.)
So why a Mini? Why not something more sexy and stylish, such as a Jaguar XK or an Aston Martin Vanquish? Or a Range Rover or a Bentley Continental? Why can't discuses or javelins travel in uber-luxury with a Rolls Royce Phantom?
It's probably because BMW, which owns Mini, has an official sponsorship deal with the Olympics. Yep, that explains it.