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MINI and M&C Saatchi's Futuristic Challenge Sees Rome Turn into a Street Circuit

With Formula E being held in Rome, for the first time ever the MINI Electric Pacesetter will star as the Safety car

MINI and M&C Saatchi's Futuristic Challenge Sees Rome Turn into a Street Circuit

The city that most of any other tells the story of an ancient and glorious past becomes the setting for the most futuristic challenge ever: The Electric City Challenge.

Two vehicles will be competing in an electrifying head-to-head contest between St Peter's Basilica, the Theatre of Marcellus, Castel Sant'Angelo and EUR: the MINI Electric Pacesetter inspired by John Cooper Works model and Rome’s Underground.

The MINI Electric Pacesetter inspired by John Cooper Works model is the new Safety Car for the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship race series. 

The car was created from the new MINI Cooper SE as part of an unprecedented collaboration between MINI Design, BMW Motorsport, the FIA and Formula E.

It's a full-electric MINI that seems to come directly from the future, able of accelerating from 0-60 in 6.7 seconds and 0-60 in 3.6 seconds. 

So here it is competing with one of the city's best-performing electric vehicles: the Underground.

At the wheel of the two vehicles, two exceptional drivers: Charlie Cooper, grandson of the legendary John Cooper, and Bruno Correia, Official FIA Safety Car driver.

"It was thrilling to bring this epic challenge to life. It is a perfect example of Reality Advertising, a communication language that we have invented and perfected over the years, which, starting from a real event, allows us to generate content for all kinds of assets. 

The distinctive value of this method is that we don't just shoot a simple commercial but make people live a real experience, unique but exceptionally repeatable," said Vincenzo Gasbarro, ECD and Partner of M&C Saatchi and director of the film.

"It has been a long and complex project, but seeing it finally realised gives us back all the energy and passion that we have dedicated to it".

The campaign is on air from today all over the world. 

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Executive Creative Director e Partner: Luca Scotto di Carlo e Vincenzo Gasbarro

Creative Director: Matteo Grandese, Alessandro Candito

Senior Digital Art Director: Giulia Richetta

Client Service Director: Barbara Pusca

Account: Gabriele Giannarelli

Head of Strategy: Massimo Capucci

Social Media Strategy&Supervisor: Stefania Zulian

Production Director: Federico Fornasari


Director: Vincenzo Gasbarro

DOP: Piermaria Agostini

DOP 2nd unit: Gabriele Sossella

Focus Puller: Bartolomeo Pellino

Photographer: Fulvio Bonavia

Head of editor: Manuel Savoia

Editor: Tommaso Quartana

Director Assistant: Claudio Cingoli

Production Designer: Claudia Bagordo

Service Facilities: Rec roma e Freedom

Producer: Lorenzo Alaimo e Silvia Basani

Head of Production: Federico Santangelo

Thank to: the Municipality of Rome, the Municipal Police of Rome and Atac.


MINI Italia Director: Stefano Ronzoni

Marketing Manager MINI: Riccardo Licata

Brand Communication MINI: Matteo Chiarugi Bacci

Experiential Marketing MINI: Beatrice Fedeli

Category: Automotive , Cars

Genre: Action , People