Mini has announced it will be launching a special edition of its hatchback to celebrate the 2012 Olympics in London.

The limited edition could be decked out in Union Jack detailing as the company intends to pay tribute to the home nations and Team GB at next year's summer games.

Visitors and competitors at the Olympics can expect to see plenty of decorated Minis on the streets of London around the time of the Games in July and August next year, as Mini and parent company BMW were chosen as the official cars for the event.

Mini has already confirmed that these cars will carry logos in support of the home team, so it is likely that the special edition will follow suit.

A Mini insider has also said that it is likely the Olympic edition would take a similar form to current special editions, offering extra kit as part of a package. "We presume it would take the same form as current Mini special editions," they said.

The latest Mini special edition is the Clubman Hampton, which pays tribute to 50 years of the estate version of the small car. This adds a new exterior colour with Damson red wing mirrors and bonnet stripes, detailed treadplates, interior decoration such as a sport steering wheel and chrome decoration and bespoke alloy wheels unique to the Hampton.



The Hampton costs £4,590 more than the standard Cooper Clubman, but claims to add more than £5,000 of extra equipment, a format the Olympic editions are expected to take.