The designers over at MINI recently turned to a bunch of student apprentices to see what would happen if they were let loose on a project. The result is the MINI Paceman Adventure that you're looking at. Yeah, it's equal parts MINI and pickup truck. It's also 100% awesome.
This was literally a team of apprentices working in a shop with their instructors to modify a bone-stock Cooper S Paceman and turn it into whatever they wanted. Obviously they wanted a truck.
So that's exactly what they built. It's actually quite a bit more involved than just chopping the top and laying down a truck bed.
There's a full sized spare tire now, which they've strapped on top both because there's nowhere else to put it, and because it's pretty boss looking up there.
Inside, the modifications are mostly functional: they put in more supportive seats, so you don't bang your head or go flying every time you hit a massive bump.
That's a legitimate issue, because they've raised the ride height quite a bit and added a ton of ground clearance up front, so you can drive over boulders, dunes, and regular MINIs.
In case you find yourself wanting to drive a MINI submarine, the Adventure's equipped with a snorkel, so you can drive in water that's up to the roofline, provided you're not petrified.
They're never going to make it, which is a shame, since it's actually pretty cool.
Aaron Miller is the Rides editor for Supercompressor. He thinks this is an incredibly fun vehicle to cross Death Valley in, if they would only make it.