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Usain Bolt is much quicker, and Michael Phelps would definitely hold up better in a swimming pool. Yet the three radio-controlled Mini MINIs serving as athletic equipment shuttles at the are managing to hold their own. These electric-powered, one-quarter scale models of a regular hatchback have been designed to carry items such as a pair of javelins, or a single discus, shot, and hammer. The athletic equipment is accessible through the Mini MINI's sunroof.
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A total load carrying capacity of 8 kilograms (17.6 lbs.) won't worry Kazakhstan's Ilya Ilyin, the men's weightlifting gold medalist who set a new world record at the London Games. And Britain's golden girl, Jessica Ennis, gold medalist in the women's heptathlon, certainly has the Mini MINIs beat in terms of sheer endurance. The MINIs have a battery life of 35 minutes when in continuous use, along with a radio control range of approximately 100 meters (328 feet).
Nonetheless, BMW is putting the fleet of Mini MINIs through a rigorous regime in London, where each one is expected to run the equivalent of 3.7 miles daily. The German automaker is also supplying a fleet of full-sized electric vehicles to shuttle athletes and officials around the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. These include 160 BMW 1 Series ActiveE models and 40 Mini E's.
As for the pint-sized Mini MINIs, BMW has hinted the RC cars don't have any retirement plans once the Games are over. After a period of "rest and relaxation," BMW stated in a press release, the Mini MINIs would return for another "athletic adventure."