We covered certain aspects of the Rocketman concept in our previous post, trend observation and photo gallery. Now it’s time to bring you the full video of new Design Director Anders Warming talking us around the car, highlighting not only the sense of occasion that comes with the simple act of opening the door, but also the rear drawer and tailgate. At 3400mm long, the Rocketman is a foot shorter than the Cooper, but has high levels of functionality and technical detailing to keep weight down.
Do two examples of a design approach constitute a trend? Perhaps not, but we were struck by the conspicuous use of carbon fibre in many of the concept cars shown in Geneva, and what this appears to be allowing in terms of roof design.
Notably, the Mini Rocketman and Renault Captur both employ an approach which sees the normal transverse placement of strengthening members between a, b or c pillars replaced by a star-like format, with the cross-members meeting in the middle. On the Mini, they form elements of the traditional Union Jack flag roof, in the Renault, the elements twist back into a central spine that runs back through the car.