Mini will launch a floating Cooper convertible into Philadelphia on May 10th-11th.

Probably BMW’s Mini got sick of competing with the Ford Fiesta, Scion FR-S and Fiat Abarth and decided to set sail with its floating Cooper convertible. The unique Cooper will be part of the annual Aberdeen Dad Vail rowing competition. The ‘Chili Red’ Mini Cooper, which floats and handles like a boat, will sail down the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia on May 10th-11th.

Spectators will be able to admire the vehicle throughout the weekend as it will cruise along the river. This year’s Aberdeen Dad Vail rowing competition will bring together 3,700 rowers from 127 universities and colleges which will compete in the 150 races on the six-lane, 2,000 meter Olympic length course.

The floating Mini Cooper is in fact a fiberglass mold mounted on top of a boat hull, fitted with a 6-hp outboard motor. The vehicle was manufactured by ACI Composites Inc. and looks exactly like a real Cooper, thanks to its perfectly-similar wheels, tires, badges, steering wheel, grille, taillights, and headlights. Furthermore, the front wheels rotate in the direction of travel, creating the illusion of the Cooper driving on water.

“The Mini Convertible Boat’s appearance of actually motoring on water is so convincing that it provides guests with an amazing tale to share even after they’ve left the event,” said Laura Towey, regional business manager, Mini USA.



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