Car prototype testing seems to become an adventure these days. After the BMW X3 NYC bomb scare, here comes the smaller brother, the MINI Countryman, creating some panic amongst Las Vegas Casino security personnel.
According to a tip going to Jalopnik, Security guards at the Luxor Las Vegas booted a MINI Countryman test mule sitting in garage due to its suspicious camouflage, German car plates and funny looking testing and measurement equipment placed inside the car.
An onsite witness says the scare caused the shutdown of a garage.
The MINI Countryman is scheduled to officially launch in the U.S. this fall and BMW continues to test the several prototypes across the country. As with any new vehicles coming to the market, the Death Valley is the perfect place for hot weather testing, most likely where this prototype came from.
Here is what a witness on the site had to say:
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I was at the Luxor Las Vegas and was parked on the top floor of the main Parking Garage. Went to the minivan to load up and head back home when I found a Mini Cooper Countryman S sitting there! Considering I want this car I felt like I hit the Jackpot (sorry for the pun but seriously)!
The Luxor security folks apparently don’t comprehend European plates (Munich, DE right?) and some kind of cooler in the back seat with Arabic writing on it. Anyhow, they felt the need to wheel lock the car and put a note on it waiting for the poor, tired death valley test engineers to return to it. I am assuming death valley testing since the car had water containers in the back seat simulating lots of weight and of course the usual data acquisition equipment/wiring in the car.
A Luxor Security Guard on bike was surprised we were taking photos of it, then later asked if it was our car. I wish! Told him that it belonged to BMW Germany and that they were probably hot weather testing it in Death Valley.